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Bush nominates Ashcroft for attorney general
December 22, 2000
(Updated Friday at 1:19 p.m.) President-elect Bush nominated defeated Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general on Friday, choosing a conservative Republican who lost his re-election bid to a dead man.
World briefs
December 22, 2000
Beached whales die on the shore OPEC production cuts likely in 2001 Pinochet hospitalized for diabetes problems
Free State player of the week: Richie Dunlop
December 22, 2000
The 6-foot-3 senior erupted for a career-high 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including a key three-pointer that ignited a 13-0 run in the second half, in Free State’s 63-55 victory over Lawrence High. He also hauled in nine rebounds.
Briefcase
December 22, 2000
Lucent warns of losses, plans to restructure SBC to pay government for standards failur Atchison Casting overstates earnings GM to idle four plants to cut inventories Ford lowers estimates, plans production cut
Economic growth rate dips to four-year low
December 22, 2000
The economy braked to a four-year low in growth of just 2.2 percent in the July-September quarter, further evidence that America’s booming economy is cooling rapidly. A downward revision Thursday by the Commerce Department in the gross domestic product for the third quarter sent economists scurrying to lower their forecasts for the current quarter and next year.
Investors go bargain hunting
Nasdaq down 12 percent for week, 43 percent for year
December 22, 2000
Investors sought bargains Thursday on Wall Street, sending blue chips soaring and pushing the Nasdaq up if barely for the first time in eight sessions. Overall, the market shrugged off a spate of profit warnings and its fears that the economy is slowing too much. The Dow Jones industrial average closed sharply higher, up 168.36 to 10,487.29.
DST tax breaks win support
City commissioners to conduct public hearing Jan. 9
December 22, 2000
By Mark Fagan A tax-break request from DST Systems Inc. won support Wednesday from an advisory committee that represents the city, Douglas County and Lawrence school district. The city’s Administrative Review Committee voted to support granting several tax incentives for DST, which is buying the former Sallie Mae loan-servicing center at 2000 Bluffs Drive.
Religion briefs
December 22, 2000
Church of Christ to have Christmas Eve service Lecompton Methodist presents Cantata St. John to have liturgies, Masses
Monk rock ‘n’ roll
Greek Orthodoxes embark on a musical crusade
December 22, 2000
The monks keep rocking. After soaring up the pop charts in the summer, a group of Greek Orthodox monks is working on another music video for an upcoming single about the dangers of technology without restrictions.
Wake Forest dumps Temple
December 22, 2000
Craig Dawson made the most of every minute he played. Dawson scored a career-high 23 points in 23 minutes and Robert O’Kelley added 20 as No. 6 Wake Forest beat Temple 73-65 Thursday night for the Owls’ seventh straight loss, the longest losing streak in coach John Chaney’s 19 seasons.
Finding peace
Many faiths teach how to forgive others, self
December 22, 2000
By Jim Baker For Christians, ‘tis the season to be jolly. But for Muslims around the world, ‘tis the season of forgiveness. This is the midst of Ramadan, which lasts this year from Nov. 27 to Dec. 26.
Illinois stops Missouri
Tigers fall in overtime, 86-81
December 22, 2000
After a slow start, Frank Williams was strong at the finish. Williams, who had only four points at halftime, got the last basket in regulation and scored six of his 18 points in overtime as No. 5 Illinois beat Missouri 86-81 Thursday night.
State briefs
December 22, 2000
Engineering professor tapped for state panel Farm Bureau happy with ag nominee
Admitted killer erupts
Watkins cusses Carruth in courtroom
December 22, 2000
Van Brett Watkins gave jurors a graphic account of how he pointed a gun at Rae Carruth’s pregnant girlfriend and pulled the trigger five times.
Judge reins in town’s horse ordinance
December 22, 2000
Although a city ordinance prohibits keeping horses within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling, a judge who took local tradition into consideration found that three horse owners had done nothing wrong.
Military tops Bush priorities
December 22, 2000
The media and various ideologues have jumped on tax cuts as the defining issue of George W. Bush’s brief pre-presidency. That overlooks the message Bush is hiding in plain sight: Fixing America’s military and overhauling national security policy are his top priorities going into office.
Veteran grades
December 22, 2000
Santa Fe Trail falls; Ottawa pops Paola
December 22, 2000
Kansas City Piper held off pesky Santa Fe Trail for a 49-46 Kaw Valley League boys basketball victory in a makeup game on Thursday night.
Bush launches transformation
December 22, 2000
George W. Bush has been president-elect for only days now, but so far it seems as if he is more determined to overhaul the Republican Party than to transform Washington.
UNLV rips Razorbacks, 31-14
Thomas sparks Rebels past Arkansas in Las Vegas Bowl
December 22, 2000
UNLV is not a bunch of hapless losers anymore. With quarterback Jason Thomas playing a near flawless game, UNLV completed its turnaround under John Robinson by beating Arkansas 31-14 on Thursday night in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Hillary a senator or a celebrity?
December 22, 2000
Mind you, the pope got half-a-million bucks more for his book. But then John Paul II is infallible, which was worth something extra. Besides, anyone who published the pontiff could figure that if the book didn’t make back the advance and it didn’t the company still had better access to Paradise.
Lemieux planning Wednesday return
December 22, 2000
Mario Lemieux remains on target to make his return next Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins entertain the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A snack or a meal?
December 22, 2000
J-W Editorials Kansas Lottery officials apparently have trouble telling the difference between snacks and a three-course meal.
Bald eagles find Kansas to their winter liking
December 22, 2000
Reservoirs and rivers are harboring growing numbers of bald eagles, flocking to the Kansas River to feed during the winter.
After killings in Wichita, security alarm business rises
December 22, 2000
Home alarm business owners have mixed feelings about a spike in calls following two multiple shootings that took eight lives in less than two weeks.
League not concerned with low scores
Coaches say better defenses are more responsible than bad shooting as offensive production declines
December 22, 2000
The basket isn’t any smaller and the ball isn’t any bigger. So, why can’t these NBA guys shoot? “Neither team could throw a pea in the ocean,” Charlotte guard Baron Davis said after the Hornets and the Miami Heat flirted with a record for futility.
Graves warms to idea of post in Bush Cabinet, senator says
December 22, 2000
Lobbying by transportation industry officials has made Gov. Bill Graves a leading contender for a position in President-elect George Bush’s Cabinet, outgoing Senate President Dick Bond says.
Stanford upends top-ranked Duke, 84-83
December 22, 2000
With one picture-perfect fallaway bank shot, Casey Jacobsen struck a blow for Stanford, West Coast basketball and his own reputation. Jacobsen banked in a jumper with 3.6 seconds left as No. 3 Stanford roared back from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat top-ranked Duke, 84-83, Thursday night at the Pete Newell Challenge.
Suit: Station ‘rigged game’ to get license
December 22, 2000
A rival gambling company that once sought to open a Kansas City area casino has sued Station Casinos Inc., contending improper contacts with a former state official enabled it to get its license.
Suit tossed; Democrat wins election by three votes
December 22, 2000
Democrat Jerry Williams will be a member of the House on Jan. 8 after winning his legislative race by three votes.
Foster Newman
December 22, 2000
Edith Fredrick
December 22, 2000
Mildred Ditty
December 22, 2000
Leonard Hoover
December 22, 2000
Vernon Carlsen
December 22, 2000
NBA Briefs
December 22, 2000
Hardaway, Sloan fined by NBA Knicks’ johnson back
On the record
December 22, 2000
Endowment will finance Lawrence leadership training
Organization to receive $100,000 grant
December 22, 2000
By Joel Mathis Leadership Lawrence is one of 17 community programs across Kansas to receive a $100,000 grant from the Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation. “We’re very excited,” said Nancy Longhurst, executive director of Leadership Lawrence.
Elves plan surprise for young cancer victim
Lighting ceremony planned Christmas Eve at Prairie Park School lawn
December 22, 2000
By Tim Carpenter A merry band of elves will help the Prairie Park School neighborhood deliver a gift of light and sound to cancer-stricken Timmy Adams. Timmy, a fourth-grader who has Down syndrome and has battled cancer of the pelvis and abdomen, is now receiving treatment for lung cancer.
Bell-ringers ending on off note
Donations to Salvation Army down so far this holiday season
December 22, 2000
By Erwin Seba Christmas Eve usually is the biggest day for Salvation Army bell-ringers as crowds of last-minute shoppers in the holiday spirit dig deep to help the less fortunate. But Christmas Eve this year falls on a Sunday a day the Army’s bells don’t ring in observance of the Christian Sabbath.
Angola rebels bypass U.N. sanctions on arms, diamonds
December 22, 2000
Angola’s UNITA rebels have managed to circumvent U.N. sanctions through a network of arms traffickers, friendly African governments and diamond smugglers who use tax havens to get their gems to market, a U.N. report said.
Wicked winter weather woes widen
December 22, 2000
Freezing rain coated roads and bridges across much of Alabama on Thursday, causing wrecks that were blamed for four deaths, including two people whose car slid into a lake.
U.S. plans reparations for Korean War killings
December 22, 2000
The Clinton administration will try to settle the controversy over the U.S. Army’s killing of civilians in the Korean War by offering South Korea a statement of regret rather than an apology, and a scholarship fund rather than compensation to the families of victims, officials said Thursday.
Child upstages Madonna
December 22, 2000
Four-month-old Rocco Ritchie upstaged his mother Madonna on the eve of her wedding, as the pop diva and her husband-to-be brought the baby to church for his baptism Thursday evening.
Safety concerns lead to new drug labels
Warnings will highlight risk factors for doctors
December 22, 2000
Hoping to combat the dangerous problem of doctors prescribing the wrong drug for the wrong patient, the government said Thursday it would overhaul the fine-print drug warnings doctors are supposed to read so they can quickly spot hazards and keep risky medicines away from people they might kill.
It’s down to the wire for holiday deliveries
December 22, 2000
By Amber Stuever Santa and his elves can deliver packages overnight, and you can too if you hurry. The clock is ticking for procrastinating holiday shoppers to get their packages shipped to their destinations in time for Christmas, but there’s still time.
Voter suppression phone calls linked to student-candidate
December 22, 2000
By Dave Ranney A Kansas University law student running for a seat in the Kansas House apparently was responsible for election eve “voter suppression” calls that confused and angered some Douglas County Democrats. A law enforcement source familiar with the FBI investigation into the calls said Pete Hunter, a second-year law student, “either made the calls or arranged to have them made.”
Russia looks for cash from nuclear waste site
December 22, 2000
Russia’s lower house of parliament gave preliminary backing Thursday to a potentially important hard-currency earner for the strapped former superpower: storing other countries’ nuclear waste.
Forecast fine for Weather Channel
Programmers discard the predictable for riskier fare
December 22, 2000
The people who run The Weather Channel faced a couple of major decisions during the past few years that had nothing to do with whether or not to carry an umbrella to work.
Brockovich’ nominated for 4 Globes
Gladiator,’ ‘Traffic’ each listed in 5 film categories for Golden Globes
December 22, 2000
Two films with ties to Lawrence were nominated Thursday for Golden Globes. “Erin Brockovich” was listed for four categories, and “Nurse Betty” for best actress.
It’s official: Gore wins vote
December 22, 2000
Vice President Gore won the nation’s popular vote in the presidential election by more than 500,000 votes, according to official totals made available Thursday to The Associated Press.
Fantasy racing planned
Kansas Speedway will be site for Richard Petty Driving Experience
December 22, 2000
Spouses just may have found the easiest way to cram 600 horsepower into a size 12 stocking. Kyle Petty, son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, said Tuesday that the Richard Petty Driving Experience will roar into Kansas Speedway beginning in April.
Glass named top player
December 22, 2000
Lawrence’s Bob Glass has been named the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Player of the Year. “I’m ecstatic,” Glass said. “It was a long year, and I’m really happy.” Glass, 53, was considered the front-runner after capturing his first major the prestigious Senior National last October.
Outgoing Clinton administration in a last-minute rush of regulations
December 22, 2000
Departing with a flurry of activity, the Clinton administration is rushing out a stream of regulations roping off millions of acres of federal land from developers, requiring less polluting trucks, protecting miners with black lung disease, and other actions.
Nation briefs
December 22, 2000
No Powerball winner Random assault victim dies from attack Mafia informer charged in drug case
Nation briefs
December 22, 2000
Christmas trees recalled Brothers die after fall into ice Turner offers to pay U.S share
Nation briefs
December 22, 2000
Carnahan family suing aircraft firms Presidential limo is protest vehicle DWI murder conviction tossed
LHS Athlete of the week: Mandy Amyx
December 22, 2000
Amyx scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 shooting from the line in a 57-55 loss to Free State. The 5-foot-10 forward also hauled in 11 rebounds.
Does the world need another Bible translation?
December 22, 2000
Yet another Bible edition is about to hit the market, oddly enough just weeks after the Christmas shopping season. Release of the New Testament portion of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) will raise this question: Is yet another new translation of the Scriptures really necessary?
Bryant plays for MU
December 22, 2000
California prep Travon Bryant made his long-awaited debut for Missouri on Thursday. By checking into the MU-Illinois game to a standing ovation from the Missouri side of the arena with 11:59 left in the first half, Bryant brought to an end his yearlong saga to secure his college eligibility.
Keeping meaning in holy-day
December 22, 2000
I love a New York Christmas. There are shows to see, shopping to do and window-shopping at stores with things that are mostly unaffordable except to that “wealthiest 1 percent” we heard so much about during the presidential campaign. There are animated window displays to admire and a general spirit of wonder. But something is missing, even here.
New law freed one charged in deaths
Brother’s parole had ended two weeks before shootings of five friends
December 22, 2000
One of the two brothers charged in the murders of four people in Wichita last week had been arrested last month for parole violation, but then was set free because his parole period ended on Dec. 1.
Pierce sparks Boston
Former KU standout nets 31 in Celtics’ victory
December 22, 2000
Hard to say that the Knicks are in a slump, because slumps only happen to good teams. Right now, the Knicks aren’t a good team. In another disheartening loss to one of the poorer teams in the East, former Kansas standout Paul Pierce scored 31 points and Antoine Walker added 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists as Boston beat the Knicks 92-86 Thursday night to snap a 15-game losing streak in New York.
Jayhawks next in Buckeyes’ home series
Ohio State’s nine-game basketball homestand is school’s longest since 1910 season
December 22, 2000
By Gary Bedore Ohio State’s basketball players and coaches haven’t said, “Goodbye, Columbus” in a long, long time. The Buckeyes (8-2), who play host to Kansas (9-1) at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, at Value City Arena, are 6-0 on their current nine-game homestand the school’s longest homestand since 1910.
Kansas cakewalk
Jayhawks clobber Mississippi Valley State, 116-34
December 22, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock A couple of days before Mississippi Valley State’s women’s basketball team was to hit the road for Kansas University, an MVS official called KU and inquired about the possibility of pulling out of the game. The reason: The MVS bus driver didn’t like to drive in snow.
Three new senators get coveted budget seats
December 22, 2000
Senate President-elect Dave Kerr will remain as a member but three freshman senators also have received coveted seats on the chamber’s committee that handles budget legislation.
Briefly
December 22, 2000
Bus catches fire Appeal by Bull Winkles’ Bar won’t be heard by court Lawrence brewery reports theft of chairs, tables Dogs kill seven llamas County Democrats elect party officers
Dreams of white Christmas coming true
Snow in forecast for Christmas Day
December 22, 2000
By Amber Stuever Those with dreams of a white Christmas should wake up happy Monday morning. With snow already on the ground and sub-freezing temperatures forecast between now and Monday, a white Christmas is all but guaranteed for the Lawrence area.
Hope pays off for coma victim’s family
Woman marks 1 year of consciousness after 16 years in catatonic state
December 22, 2000
For the past year, Snowflake Flower has kept a lone candle burning on a makeshift altar in her adobe home. Beside the flame, her daughter smiles impishly from an old photograph.
Peres denied prime minister bid
December 22, 2000
Shimon Peres, Nobel peace laureate and perennial election loser, was handed yet another defeat Thursday when legislators blocked his attempt to run for prime minister in an upcoming special election.
Diet pill shows promise for long-term success
December 22, 2000
As every seasoned dieter knows, the real struggle isn’t so much losing weight, but keeping it off.
California consumers face steep electricity rate hikes
December 22, 2000
In the strongest sign yet that electric bills will soon rise sharply for millions of Californians, state utility regulators said Thursday customers should pay more to keep the state’s largest electric companies from going bankrupt.
Cabinet: Wisconsin governor to HHS, Whitman to EPA
December 22, 2000
New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman, a moderate Republican and avid outdoorswoman, has accepted President-elect Bush’s offer to head the Environmental Protection Agency, officials close to both politicians said Thursday. Fellow GOP governor Tommy Thompson hopes to follow her into the Bush administration.
Private donors to pay most inauguration bills
December 22, 2000
President-elect Bush’s inauguration will be on a traditionally grand scale despite the truncated planning time, costing $20 million to $30 million and financed mostly through private contributions, organizers said Thursday.
Emotional Bush resigns as Texas governor
December 22, 2000
A teary-eyed George W. Bush resigned as governor in an emotional farewell Thursday, saying he “tried to be a good steward” of Texas and will take the lessons he learned to Washington.
Marines probe fatal Osprey crash
December 22, 2000
The Marine Corps ruled out several possible causes Thursday for the Dec. 11 crash of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft in North Carolina, including fuel shortage, but its investigation continues.
Mideast talks show promise
December 22, 2000
After a long violence-marked impasse, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators showed signs of optimism Thursday as they considered President Clinton’s ideas on how to conclude a peace agreement.
Retrial denied despite DNA evidence
December 22, 2000
A death row inmate lost his bid for a new trial Thursday, despite signs of flawed police work and DNA tests suggesting authorities might have arrested the wrong man.
Slain sheriff-elect mourned
Georgia lawman vowed to clean up corruption
December 22, 2000
During his campaign for sheriff, Derwin Brown made one promise over and over: He would clean up the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, an office with a 30-year history of corruption.
Nation briefs
December 22, 2000
Private company to run worst schools Mother tosses girls off roof, jumps to death Clinton signs final piece of budget into law Mayor convicted of corruption
Living with parents costs daughter too much privacy
December 22, 2000
Lawrence briefs
December 22, 2000
Interim library dean named Unexpected ‘guests’ steal bottle of wine Lawrence residents arrested after search KU parking garage to close for holidays
Lawrence luminescence
Holiday cheer glows on city homes
December 22, 2000
Photos by Richard Gwin The city’s Christmas spirit is glowing in the frigid air, as well as the first hints of cabin fever. So for Lawrence residents looking for a respite from the boredom and warmth of the hearth during the holidays, we offer a cool decoration diversion.
Horoscope
December 22, 2000
People
December 22, 2000
Mickey Rooney recovering Bullock banged up Beach Boys fight for their songs Lewinsky turns on Tripp
Hillary a senator or a celebrity?
December 22, 2000
Mind you, the pope got half-a-million bucks more for his book. But then John Paul II is infallible, which was worth something extra. Besides, anyone who published the pontiff could figure that if the book didn’t make back the advance and it didn’t the company still had better access to Paradis
Spirituality
December 22, 2000
Church of England gets updated prayer book Jewish scholar wins $200,000 book prize Church ends affiliation with Boy Scouts
Bowls bogged down by socialism
Who cares who’s No. 1? It’s all about TV attracting largest possible audiences
December 22, 2000
George Perles once compared bowl games to ham. “I never had a bad piece of ham,” Perles said. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine the holidays without an eye-blurring assortment of Cottons, Fiestas, Sugars and Roses, not to mention a smoked Virginia ham and a rasher of Canadian bacon.
Daughter’s fears come true in fatal shooting
History of abuse preceded mother’s killing
December 22, 2000
Fears that Crystal Acevedo expressed to police last weekend came true early Wednesday when her father allegedly shot and killed Crystal’s mother outside a rural Finney County home.
Speaker-elect relays new committees, leaders
Future growth, economy will be focus of two panels
December 22, 2000
Speaker-elect Kent Glasscock has created three new House committees with long-term issues, plus a fourth committee to handle higher education legislation.
Margaret Gabriel
December 22, 2000
Graves still not expecting Cabinet job, despite lobbying
December 22, 2000
Gov. Bill Graves said Friday he doesn’t expect to get an offer to join President-elect Bush’s Cabinet, despite lobbying on his behalf by supporters.
Synagogues catching world’s attention
December 22, 2000
They’re building big synagogues in Germany again.
You can’t avoid not liking your kids every once in a while
December 22, 2000
Are there times when good, loving parents don’t like their own kids very much?
Bruins’ Dafoe blanks Leafs
Boston tames Toronto, 4-0, in fight-plagued contest
December 22, 2000
Four goals into the fourth game of their slump, the Toronto Maple Leafs got frustrated. Byron Dafoe earned his first shutout of the season as the Bruins scored four times in the first 26 minutes and then held on through seven fights on Thursday night to beat Toronto, 4-0.
Rubbermaid hands out pink slips for holidays
Company has made three rounds of layoffs
December 22, 2000
Less than a week shy of Christmas, Newell Rubbermaid’s Winfield plants have ordered a large-scale layoff in another blow to the economic health of Cowley County.
Stewart-Green services
December 22, 2000
World briefs
December 22, 2000
Caviar stocks threatened Volcano calm but still potent Prison assaults don’t quell riots