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Lenny Kravitz having fun being a rock star
December 17, 2000
The setting is outside the Tribeca Grand Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Lenny Kravitz is offering a few reminders of how his job rock star is so different from other occupations.
Former KU professor, vocalist dies at 85
December 17, 2000
By Amber Stuever Miriam Stewart-Green, Lawrence, loved an audience. Whether she was giving an exquisite vocal performance, guiding a young artist as a Kansas University professor or describing the meaning behind her newest painting, Green was a bold and dedicated vocalist, professor, book author, painter, mother and friend until her death Saturday at the age of 85.
T’wolves trip Pacers
Brandon jumper, free throws seal 113-110 OT win
December 17, 2000
Terrell Brandon missed two chances Saturday night to win the game in regulation. He made up for it in overtime.
Gardening Briefs
December 17, 2000
An old-fashioned Christmas Really hardy perennials Gardens don’t have to hibernate in winter Starting a new rubber plant Backing an EPA ban
Naptime, massages all in a day’s work
Raided for talent during the dot-com craze, ad agencies use perks to produce quality staffs, products
December 17, 2000
Sometimes in the shower, Jesse Kramer tries to figure out what would make his tiny creative boutique advertising agency a terrific place to work. Here’s what he’s come up with so far: How about naptime? FabGorgon’s sofa is soft and cushy and can accommodate two, if one person curls up on the short end.
Babies fly well, but parents are a wreck
December 17, 2000
By Dave Barry Miami Herald Recently, my wife and I took our 8-month-old daughter on a trip involving five plane flights in one week. Many people would be reluctant to travel with a baby that small, but we had a compelling reason: We have Fig Newtons for brains.
Blacks can’t take voting rights for granted
December 17, 2000
By Tonyaa J. Weathershee The Florida Times-Union A couple of years ago, a rumor was ripping like a chainsaw through African-American chat rooms. It warned that unless we acted now, we would lose the right to vote come 2007 the year the 1965 Voting Rights Act expires.
Reverend makes list, checks it twice
December 17, 2000
The Rev. Allen Polen still keeps Christ at the center of Christmas. He just does it while wearing a red suit trimmed with white fur, seasoning the message of “peace on Earth, good will to men” with a sprinkling of “ho, ho, ho.”
New technology just not worth it
December 17, 2000
By Calder Pickett All the business about whether voting machines are better than the old-fashioned hand-counting way set me off again on another diatribe about machinery. I suggested a bit of this in a recent column when I talked about the problems of digital wrist watches and getting the time changed.
North Carolina ‘Sodfather’ leaving job after 36 years
State’s agriculture secretary says he still ‘loves his job’
December 17, 2000
Jim Graham has taken a bite out of tobacco leaves, wiped his brow with the leaf and injected into conversations the state’s rank in production of everything from pickles, pigs and poultry to flowers and mountain trout.
KC festival to celebrate contributions of Stravinsky
December 17, 2000
Plans are being made for a three-month-long festival to celebrate the works and life of composer Igor Stravinsky. The Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music will present a variety of programs and activities, including 33 performances, celebrating the Russian composer from Jan. 13 to March 25.
Open to interpretation
Exhibit explores the meaning of rock art
December 17, 2000
By Jan Biles Al Johnson, director of Kansas University’s Museum of Anthropology, took a closer look at an enlarged photograph of a rock wall found in the Southwest. On the surface of the rock is the image of a corn stalk, with silk spilling from its large ears.
John le Carre banks on betrayal again
December 17, 2000
Ever since the Cold War thawed, then melted, John le Carre has had an uncanny knack for setting his masterful novels of intrigue in the world’s next hot spots. In 1995’s “Our Game,” he was in Chechnya before most news anchors could pronounce it, and in 1996’s “The Tailor of Panama,” he landed in that “Casablanca without heroes” right before the impending handover.
Books to seek out or forget
The good was balanced by the bad in 2000
December 17, 2000
By Mark Luce A pox on the critics’ breathless obligatory best 10 books of the year. Let’s try something different a big ol’ holiday gift list and cocktail party primer on the year in books. Here’s the whole shootin’ match of this reviewer’s reading for the year the good, bad, the unfinished and the stunningly mediocre.
Trends
December 17, 2000
If the glove fits Roughing it High bid for higher education X marks the spot Hair-raising time
Rx for Mom: Avoid medically challenged daughters
Jest for Grins
December 17, 2000
By Marsha Henry Goff “This is an example of really poor planning,” I said to my ill mother. “You have four daughters and didn’t get a nurse among us!”
Child has grasp of patriotic consumerism
December 17, 2000
By George Gurley Ancient wisdom teaches that the key to happiness is the abandonment of all desires. Unfortunately, if enough Americans embraced that philosophy the economy would collapse.Our blessed prosperity, we’re told, is based on consumption. Since most of us have the basics, the desire for superfluities must be stoked to keep the great GNP machine purring.
NCAA Division III Championship
Mount Union takes Stagg Bowl
December 17, 2000
Rodney Chenos told Mount Union’s seniors he wouldn’t fail them if the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl came down to a field goal.
Court ruling is start of Bush legacy
December 17, 2000
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group The foundation of dynasty is not the throne but the institutions on which the throne rests. Relatives, friends or allies must dominate the Praetorian Guard, the regency council or the business empires that bless the transfer of power from one family generation to the next.
Teddy bear drive yields 400 toys
December 17, 2000
More than 400 teddy bears were collected for distribution to area children during the holidays at a memorial event for the late Richard Wright, co-founder of the ABATE motorcycle advocacy group.
Tis the season Rockefeller draws revelers
Center features camels, shows and lots of lights
December 17, 2000
The double-take is understandable. But it’s really there, on a crisp gray morning, smack in the middle of the most frantic chunk of the nation’s most frantic city: a bona fide camel, hump and everything, loping past the ice rink and right toward Time-Warner headquarters.
Rangers lone bidders for Rodriguez?
Texas offered at least $126 million more than Seattle for free agent shortstop
December 17, 2000
Stupefying. That was Sandy Alderson’s word of the day. To which agent Scott Boras answered, brash as always: “I guess I’m the Stupefier. I forget, is this Doomsday III or Doomsday IV?”
Flames rough up Leafs
Calgary wins, 6-5, on power-play goal in overtime
December 17, 2000
Gary Roberts’ punch might have cost the Toronto Maple Leafs a victory. Roberts received a roughing penalty just as regulation time expired, and Valeri Bure scored a power-play goal in overtime as the Calgary Flames beat the Maple Leafs 6-5 on Saturday night.
Tulsa: Chenowith changed
When he plays like that, they’re tough to beat’
December 17, 2000
By Chuck Woodling One point 10 days ago at Wake Forest and 24 points on Saturday night against Tulsa. Tulsa coach Buzz Peterson saw a different Eric Chenowith in Allen Fieldhouse than he did on tape against the Wake.
Festive florals
With proper care, poinsettias can outlast the holiday
December 17, 2000
By Carol Boncella Without a doubt the definitive flower of the winter holiday season is the poinsettia. The familiar, yet always striking, bloom of the poinsettia brightens any holiday decor. “Freedom Red” reigns as the traditional favorite, though colors such as yellow, white and pink are beginning to share the spotlight. Novelty colors such as orange and burgundy are being produced.
World Briefs
December 17, 2000
Riot police quell protest Freed ‘spy’ heads home
Travel Briefs
December 17, 2000
Disney prepares to unveil new park Greyhound to beef up its travel services Theme parks offer hotel incentives Travel-school graduates struggle with geography ‘Big Blue Bug’ used as seasonal decoration Amtrak rewarding frequent users
Cuban artists ride trendy wave
December 17, 2000
A small group of Cuban artists sat on an aging terrace, chatting quietly in the dimness of the cool Havana night. Beers in hand, the friends shared their experiences about an art show in Istanbul, an exhibition in Colombia, plans to travel to New York City.
McPartland’s ‘Piano Jazz’ combines music and talk
December 17, 2000
Whenever there’s a scheduling conflict, Marian McPartland will do her weekly radio show, “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” instead of accepting a gig. “It’s more important to me than concert dates,” she said in an interview.
Bush bipartisanship faces test
December 17, 2000
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group No majority. No mandate. Not even broad public agreement that he deserved the prize that fell into his hands when the Supreme Court, itself deeply divided, ordered that the ballot recounts in Florida must halt. This is not the way George W. Bush hoped or planned to come to the presidency.
Lavish lifestyle of ex-husband should not discourage mother
December 17, 2000
Couple should plan now since they aren’t married
December 17, 2000
Released prisoner gets new lease on life
December 17, 2000
After 13 years in prison, court appeals and what-ifs, Jon Keith Smith is a free man. Sentenced to two life terms for the murders of a Kansas City couple, he earned a new lease on life when a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
Everglades’ alligators put the bite on Disney special
December 17, 2000
Some of us are just about ho-ho-ho’ed out by this point in the season. A picturesque look at survival of the fittest tempers the holiday’s sugar-spun good cheer. And as most kids know, two animals get top-billing in the fierce predator department alligators and sharks.
Miriam Stewart-Green
December 17, 2000
Weather keeps ‘T’ mostly empty
December 17, 2000
By Erwin Seba With a hawkish northwest wind clipping across the city Saturday morning, bundled-up Lawrence residents could be seen walking through the snow seemingly oblivious to the white buses with big red T’s painted on their sides.
Powell accepts Cabinet position
General becomes first black secretary of state
December 17, 2000
Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a son of the South Bronx who rose to become America’s highest ranking military officer, accepted President-elect Bush’s nomination as secretary of state Saturday, pledging to strengthen U.S. alliances and stand firm against nations that practice terrorism.
Light snowfall can help grass seeds germinate
December 17, 2000
By Bruce Cladny The best time to over-seed cool-season grasses such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass is September. The young seedlings have ample time to mature before crabgrass germinates in the spring and the heat stress of summer sets in.
Alternative comics sensibility enriches familiar folk tales in new book
December 17, 2000
You probably don’t remember the second half of “The Sleeping Beauty” what happened after the prince woke the princess from her hundred years’ sleep. It’s not a pretty story. It seems the prince’s mother was from a race of ogres and she harbored cannibalistic designs on her daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Briefs
December 17, 2000
Horoscopes
December 17, 2000
Mystery Capsules
December 17, 2000
Sweet Georgia - Ruth Birmingham Unbreathed Memories - Marcia Talley
Arts Notes
December 17, 2000
Mystery writer to sign books Plays advance to regional festival
People
December 17, 2000
Cameron Diaz: crimefighter Calista faints on ‘Ally’ set Reward offered for guitar Crowe tops Entertainment list Country crooner recovering
Water found on Jupiter moon
December 17, 2000
Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, appears to have a liquid, saltwater ocean deep beneath its cratered and fractured surface of solid ice, researchers said Saturday.
Poll: Gore would have won
December 17, 2000
Most Americans say they are prepared to support George W. Bush as president, even though a solid plurality believe that if the U.S. Supreme Court had allowed the vote count to continue Al Gore would have won Florida and the presidency, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found.
What if’ scenarios replayed
December 17, 2000
Everybody asks, “what if?” When historians and political scientists play “what if?” they alter a vital fact that leads up to an important event, then speculate on how the outcome would change: What if John F. Kennedy’s assassin had missed? What if Hitler had not invaded Russia?
Binoche covered in ‘Chocolat’
Oscar-winning French actress enjoys sweet success
December 17, 2000
Discussing the perils of unpredictable stage acting compared with the controlled environment of film work, Juliette Binoche accidentally spills her water glass onto her lunch plate.
Joie Stapleton
December 17, 2000
Elaine Vogelzang
December 17, 2000
Etheleene J. Chenault
December 17, 2000
Lawrence School Board
December 17, 2000
Activist for women dies
December 17, 2000
Martha W. Rawlins, a longtime activist for women and minorities in Kansas, has died. Rawlins, who retired in 1985 as the director of Hutchinson Community Services-Hutchinson Family Services Inc., died Thursday at a care facility in Hutchinson. She was 84.
KU student wins Cyclo-cross
Cold, wind can’t stop cyclists in Overland Park event
December 17, 2000
Jed Schneider, a Kansas University graduate student from Albuquerque, won the men’s collegiate race at the National Cyclo-cross Championships on Friday at Stoll Park.
Pippen agrees with Jordan: Bulls would still be champs
December 17, 2000
Scottie Pippen agrees with former teammate Michael Jordan: If the Chicago Bulls had kept their nucleus together, they would be playing for their ninth NBA title.
Thomas thriving in Indiana
December 17, 2000
The first thing you notice about the new coach sitting in Larry Bird’s old seat is that he sits a lot. Just as Bird did in his first year.
Hinrich on fire
KU guard deadly behind 3-point line
December 17, 2000
By Jason Franchuk Besides the three-point arc, Kansas University guard Kirk Hinrich is wary of another fine line how much to shoot. Hinrich’s efficiency while taking only a handful of shots showed up again Saturday night in Kansas’ 92-69 win against Tulsa at Allen Fieldhouse.
Creighton throttles Jayhawks
Kansas absorbs 76-54 setback
December 17, 2000
By Jason Franchuk A player blamed the mind and the coach blamed the body count as the Kansas University women’s basketball team examined how it could be beaten so badly at home. Jaclyn Johnson’s hypothesis after Kansas’ 76-54 loss to Creighton on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse was that the younger players have not shown the mental commitment to winning.
Chiefs give Peterson five-year contract
December 17, 2000
Carl Peterson, who took over Kansas City’s sad-sack Chiefs in 1989 and turned them into one of the NFL’s most successful franchises, has reached agreement on a new five-year contract, the team announced Saturday. The agreement will ensure that Peterson will remain as president, general manager and CEO of the Chiefs, who were one of just three NFL teams to win 100 games in the decade of the 1990s.
KU calms Hurricane - KANSAS 92, TULSA 69
Chenowith scores 24 points, snares 14 rebounds to lead Jayhawks
December 17, 2000
By Gary Bedore Californian Eric Chenowith was in a nasty mood on Saturday night and it had nothing to do with the frigid temperatures in his adopted college town. “I was mad the Raiders lost,” said Chenowith, who scored 24 points one off a career high in Kansas’ 92-69 men’s basketball rout of Tulsa at Allen Fieldhouse.
On the record
December 17, 2000
Cell-phone companies make radiation levels available
December 17, 2000
Amid the Christmas sales rush, manufacturers are revealing for the first time the radiation levels of nearly every cell phone sold to consumers so infatuated with the gadgets they use them when they walk, drive, even eat.
Odds stack against firm
Lottery contractor faces accusations from former employees
December 17, 2000
By Dave Ranney Seven months ago, GTECH, the company that runs the state’s online lottery games, gathered its top employees at a bed-and-breakfast north of Lawrence. They were there to talk about ways to squeeze more money from the company’s contract with the Kansas Lottery.
National Briefs
December 17, 2000
Sheriff-elect murdered Fighter prototype flies Soldiers rob McDonald’s
Manwich’ front line lifts KU
Gooden nicknames Kansas’ big men
December 17, 2000
By Gary Bedore Drew Gooden has coined a clever nickname for Kansas University’s tall front line. “Drew came up with the name, ‘Manwich,”’ 6-foot-9 forward Nick Collison explained after he, 6-foot-10 Gooden and 7-foot-1 Eric Chenowith combined for 64 points in the Jayhawks’ 92-69 victory over Tulsa on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
On the air
December 17, 2000
Deadly twisters hit Alabama
December 17, 2000
A band of twisters ripped across the state Saturday, the deadliest of them killing 10 people as it tore through a Tuscaloosa trailer park and an upscale neighborhood nearby.
Official indeed has seniority
December 17, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Dwight Eisenhower was president when Sue Neustifter started clerking at the Douglas County Register of Deeds office. Her weekly paycheck was about $41. She was first elected Register of Deeds in 1972 when Richard Nixon was president. Last month, Neustifter ran unopposed in the general election and was elected for her ninth term.
Briefcase
December 17, 2000
Tech firms lay off plush holiday parties Fictional combinations offer gift of humor Motley Fool - Name that company
The Motley Fool
December 17, 2000
Last week’s question and answer Year-end tax planning
Save as though you’ll live a long time because odds are you will
December 17, 2000
What are your chances of living to 90? (A) 19 percent (B) 20.1 percent (C) 22.1 percent (D) 25.9 percent (E) 33.4 percent (F) 51 percent Answer: Any of the above, depending on your current age and assuming you are a male. Life expectancy, a critical factor in retirement planning, is an inexact science at best.
Drake freshman has brain tumor
December 17, 2000
Four days after learning that a teammate has Hodgkin’s disease, the Drake women’s basketball team found out Saturday that another teammate has a brain tumor.
Lions fifth at Ottawa tournament
December 17, 2000
Lawrence High’s Sean Patton won all five of his matches Saturday at the Ottawa Wrestling Tournament and finished first in the 135-pound weight class.
Top 25 Women’s roundup
LSU knocks off Boilermakers
December 17, 2000
Once Marie Ferdinand settled down, she took control of the game. Ferdinand scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, and made the game-winning layup with 39 seconds left as No. 20 LSU overcame a 16-point deficit to beat No. 6 Purdue, 62-55, Saturday.
Resolving for retention
Health, fitness clubs adjust to keep clients for New Year
December 17, 2000
By Mark Fagan Ariel Strichartz bid farewell to the health-club scene nine years ago, abandoning her uncomfortable, crowded five-story megaclub in Houston. “It was terrible,” she said. “It was a total meat market thong city.” But now, after years of settling for sporadic, solitary fitness work, the Kansas University graduate student is part of a growing number of adults returning to health clubs.
District debates drug policy
Board to consider revisions Monday
December 17, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Automatic three-day suspensions, earlier counseling and less stringent restrictions on extracurricular activities are part of a proposed drug and alcohol policy to be considered Monday by the Lawrence school board.
NAIA Championship
Georgetown College stops NW Oklahoma
December 17, 2000
Cody Brown caught three long touchdown passes as Georgetown College beat Northwestern Oklahoma State 20-0 Saturday to win the NAIA championship and end the Rangers’ 31-game winning streak.
Signal magic
December 17, 2000
NCAA Division I-AA Championship
Georgia Southern edges Montana
December 17, 2000
Georgia Southern hadn’t moved the ball most of the second half in a driving rain, couldn’t stop Montana, and lost the lead in the fourth quarter. Coach Paul Johnson never worried.
Old Home Town - 40 and 100 years ago today
December 17, 2000
Kansas government Mix-ups may jeopardize children’s holiday cheer
Some child-support checks not arriving on time
December 17, 2000
By Joel Mathis Christine Hammon isn’t sure how she’s going to provide Christmas for her two sons, Sage, 8, and Zachary, 3. In the past few months, she said, she’s bounced a few checks for gas bills and groceries and now she’s paying hefty service charges to avoid going to court for them.
Post office salutes American veterans
December 17, 2000
Americans believe that every day is Veterans Day. The U.S. Postal Service agrees and it will issue a new commemorative stamp to salute the nation’s veterans as a tribute to the patriotic dedication of all men and women who have served in the armed forces.
Policy applauded
December 17, 2000
Cause of deadly blaze under investigation
Couple and 2-year-old die in mobile-home fire
December 17, 2000
Three family members were killed Thursday night in a mobile-home fire in Allen County, authorities said Friday.
Salina resident killed in fire
Cigar may have caused disaster
December 17, 2000
Salina’s second fatal fire of the week claimed the life of Clarence Pohlman, 83, early Saturday.
Impostor racks up medical bills using famous football player’s identity
December 17, 2000
Walter Dean can’t block or tackle, and looks nothing like St. Louis Rams linebacker London Fletcher. But that didn’t stop him from impersonating Fletcher and racking up more than $30,000 in hospital bills.
One second costs chance at million
KU historian almost makes it onto Philbin’s national television quiz show
December 17, 2000
By Erwin Seba One second was all that separated Kansas University professor Jeff Moran from making it to the hot seat on “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.” “I hesitated a second,” Moran said. “Someone got in ahead of me.” Moran’s brief appearance on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will air at 8 p.m. today on ABC-TV.
Mexican volcano rumbles back to life
December 17, 2000
As Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano rumbled, residents in nearby towns largely ignored calls to evacuate Saturday, strolling in open plazas to watch the cone spout plumes of smoke and ash.
Mideast peace talks in limbo
December 17, 2000
For the first time in 11 weeks of violence, Israelis and Palestinians are talking seriously about relaunching peace negotiations, and the coming week is expected to bring high-level contacts largely abandoned during the fighting.
Cause and effect
December 17, 2000
J-W Editorial Will ordinances reducing the number of unrelated people allowed to live in a house in a single-family zone have the effect city commissioners hope for? It’s easy to understand the frustration of local residents who bought a house years ago in an established single-family neighborhood only to find themselves now living in an area dotted with rental houses, many of which are home to three, four or more unrelated people.
FAA offers holiday travel advice
December 17, 2000
Each holiday season the Federal Aviation Administration puts out suggestions to help passengers arrive at their destinations as quickly and safely as possible.
Exhibit focuses on contemporary ceramics
December 17, 2000
“Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000,” a new exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., features works by the leading innovators in ceramics, including Robert Arneson, Ken Ferguson, Beatrice Wood and Peter Voulkos.
Seahawks rally against Raiders, 27-24
Controversial fourth-quarter safety gives Seattle opportunity in victory over Oakland
December 17, 2000
The Oakland Raiders claim they were robbed on a disputed safety. The officials insist they made the right call with 2:24 remaining.
Chiefs’ coach tough on Denver
Kansas City’s Cunningham 3-0 against Broncos’ Shanahan
December 17, 2000
For all Mike Shanahan has accomplished, including a 10-4 postseason record and two Super Bowl championships, beating Gunther Cunningham remains atop his to-do list.
A second lease on life’
Transplantation of kidney and pancreas saves diabetic’s life
December 17, 2000
By Jim Baker Lawrence resident Richard Henning knows he’s a lucky man. He will be celebrating this holiday, and hopefully many more, as the result of the generosity of an organ donor. Henning, 45, received a kidney-pancreas transplant Nov. 10 at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. “You’re getting a second lease on life. That’s what this is,” Henning says.
Briefly
December 17, 2000
Centennial Park gazebo to be completed in spring HEALTH: Senate approves $1.8 million for KU Brain Imaging Center Holidays: Women’s basketball team to distribute gifts Prevention services: DCCCA to sponsor winter family festival
Riley will be back as Charger coach
December 17, 2000
Mike Riley will be back as coach of the San Diego Chargers next season, with a mandate to avoid repeating the worst season in franchise history.
Pittsburgh beats up on Washington
Steelers win Three Rivers Stadium finale, 24-3
December 17, 2000
The Pittsburgh Steelers know how to say goodbye, even if the Washington Redskins don’t. The Steelers, playing the final game in the stadium where they dominated pro football in the 1970s, took advantage of numerous Washington breakdowns and five turnovers to usher out Three Rivers Stadium with a 24-3 victory Saturday.
New CD release hails songs of old KU
December 17, 2000
By Mike Belt Kansas University alumni and fans can get their fix of KU musical nostalgia wherever they are, thanks to a newly released compact disc. The CD, “Songs of Old KU,” was born from an idea formed nearly two years ago by two men who wanted to make a varied recording of songs deemed near and dear by KU faithful.
After the baby comes the fashion
December 17, 2000
A new mother has many wonderful, magical moments. The day she can pack away her maternity clothes is one of those times. After feeling like someone who swallowed a basketball and then stuffed into a sausage casing for months, the return to a favorite pair of jeans or a sleek sheath means a woman has reclaimed her body.