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OU’s Spurrier makes impact
Coach brings passing game to Norman
December 25, 2000
As much as Steve Spurrier Jr. wanted to break away from his father and Florida, he wasn’t going to settle for a run-oriented school.
Boo-birds unfair to Kansas’ Gregory
Columbus native jeered on Saturday in return to hometown
December 25, 2000
It is a fine line that Kenny Gregory walks, trying to come back to the city where he lives, the city he loves, and play the part of the gracious enemy.
Retailers hope procrastinators save Christmas
December 25, 2000
On Sunday, with just hours to go before Christmas, shoppers streamed through malls and stores across the country, wrapping up holiday spending and picking up last-minute bargains.
Pope makes plea for Holy Land
Breaking from tradition, Mass moved outdoors to accommodate crowds
December 25, 2000
With a plea for peace in the Middle East, Pope John Paul II celebrated an open-air Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Square in the start of celebrations that will take his church to the end of the 2000 Holy Year.
Violin maker not just fiddlin’ around
Missourian puts heart and soul in craft
December 25, 2000
For self-taught luthier John Terry, violins are living things of wood and steel. They respond to a loving touch, but are sometimes indifferent to even the best of players.
Lawrence graduate sails away with award
December 25, 2000
By Tim Carpenter U.S. Naval Academy senior Luke Whittemore’s disappointment about missing out on a Rhodes Scholarship was as big as a tsunami.
Ukraine puts twist on tourism
Military peddles army adventure for cash
December 25, 2000
If sky-diving is no longer a thrill and bungee-jumping leaves you bored, Ukraine may have the fresh adventure you’re thirsting for: a spin in a Cold War-era tank, a flight in a supersonic fighter jet, a chance to fire a cannon.
Tradition of cookies warms small town
Christmas deliveries from family have grown to 600 dozen treats
December 25, 2000
It’s a family tradition dating back a quarter century making Christmas cookies, and delivering them to friends and neighbors by horse-drawn wagon. Clint Suhr was just 5 when it began. His mom and dad bundled up him and his brother, hooked up the horses and set out to deliver the cookies to neighbors in the little town of Morrill, in northeast Kansas near the Nebraska border.
Successes worth celebrating
December 25, 2000
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group Just in time for Christmas come glad tidings from Washington a list of goodies that, as its compiler, Paul Light of the Brookings Institution, put it, “sure does take away the recount blues.”
Pivotal players missing in action
Gamecocks’ Watson latest to be penalized
December 25, 2000
Team violations, academic ineligibility, injuries and other factors are stripping teams of key players for bowl games.
Walter Rutledge
December 25, 2000
On the record
December 25, 2000
Heating bills make nation shudder
Cozy homes come with hefty price
December 25, 2000
Ric Winters took his children out to cut down a tree. But instead of decorating it for Christmas, they used it for firewood. Nearly out of heating oil last week, the single father of six grew nervous waiting for the federal assistance he had applied for. “I didn’t have money to buy fuel, so I went out in my yard and cut some trees down,” he said. “For the last three weeks, I’ve used the wood stove.”
Thanks, players
December 25, 2000
Briefly
December 25, 2000
Ozawkie resident killed after losing control of car University names chairman of engineering department Flu shots available to public
Who’s No. 1? Stanford or MSU?
Victory over Duke could propel Cardinal, but defending national champs are worthy, also
December 25, 2000
The season’s first great debate is upon us. Who is No. 1 now? Those who vote in The Associated Press poll will cast their ballots for this week. Those votes will result in a Christmas present for Stanford or Michigan State.
How long will goodwill last?
December 25, 2000
By Walter R. Mears AP Special Correspondent ‘Tis the season to be cordial Republicans to Democrats, President-elect Bush to all parties in the name of healing the divisions of a presidential election almost as evenly divided as the 50-50 Senate it also produced.
Toys conquer misconceptions of poverty
December 25, 2000
It’s a simple toy made of other people’s trash. But two very different children have felt its charm.
People
December 25, 2000
War on drugs is hell Homey touches Hope floats Some gave all
Horoscopes
December 25, 2000
No offer yet made to Richt
December 25, 2000
University of Virginia athletics director Terry Holland said there is no truth to reports that Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt has been offered the Cavaliers’ head football coaching position.
Georgia rolls
Virginia absorbs 37-14 setback
December 25, 2000
Georgia gave ousted coach Jim Donnan a little redemption with a 37-14 victory over Virginia in the Oahu Bowl on Sunday.
Sun Devils relaxed
Will laid-back attitude help ASU stop B.C. today?
December 25, 2000
Arizona State has taken an island-style, laid-back approach in preparation for the Aloha Bowl against Boston College today. A year ago at the same site, the Sun Devils wore themselves out in pregame sightseeing and festivities, and lost 23-3 to Wake Forest.
Comeback kid
Lemieux has defied odds before
December 25, 2000
Mario Lemieux might be the comeback player of the century. A player simply doesn’t spend most of three months in bed following a back operation and a bone infection, practice for a week, then go out and lead his team to a Stanley Cup championship.
Season finale rough on quarterbacks
December 25, 2000
The final Sunday of the NFL’s regular season was a painful one for quarterbacks. Kurt Warner of defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis and Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper both were hurt, and both starters were knocked out of the Chicago-Detroit game.
Rams earn playoff spot
Lions, Jets fall short of postseason; Dolphins, Colts in
December 25, 2000
The St. Louis Rams used the backdoor to slide into the NFL playoffs. The Miami Dolphins got in Sunday without any outside help. And the Indianapolis Colts seized the opportunity provided by the New York Jets’ collapse to take the final AFC berth.
Hall of Fame trainer critical
Jerkens collapses at home in Florida
December 25, 2000
Hall of Fame horse trainer Allen Jerkens collapsed at his home after being weakened by stomach pains and was in critical condition Sunday. The 71-year-old Jerkens was in the intensive care unit of Aventura Hospital near Miami. He was conscious and writing notes to his family, said his wife, Elizabeth.
Big 12 makes statement
December 25, 2000
If the Big 12 is rebuilding, then what in the world is the Big Ten up to? No fewer than three Big 10 teams took a tumble Saturday in one of the finest days the Big 12 has ever had. While going 7-0 on Saturday, the Big 12 vanquished four ranked teams. Even Kansas State got into the act.
Kinsey comfortable on court
Now healthy, freshman contributes in victory
December 25, 2000
By Gary Bedore Mario Kinsey hit the first three-point shot of his college basketball career on Saturday. He vows it will not be his last. “I think you’ll see more things from me the healthier I get,” Kinsey, Kansas University’s freshman reserve point guard from Waco, Texas, said after the Jayhawks’ 69-68 victory over Ohio State at Value City Arena.
Falcons kick KC in finale
Atlanta’s Anderson outscores Chiefs with five field goals
December 25, 2000
On the final day of the season, the Atlanta Falcons put it all together. Chris Chandler returned from the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes, and Morten Andersen kicked five field goals Sunday as the Falcons dominated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-13. Snapping a six-game losing streak, Atlanta (4-12) held the Chiefs to 259 yards and sacked Elvis Grbac four times.
Bicycle repairman lends Santa Claus a big hand
December 25, 2000
Steve Brooks doesn’t have little elves to help him build Christmas gifts for young boys and girls, instead he makes them in his old shed.
Students hone expertise during holiday break
December 25, 2000
By Joy Ludwig During this winter break, several Wellsville High School 10th-graders will study to become experts in tornadoes, the impact of tobacco, terrorism against the United States and other selected topics.
Services close for today’s holiday
December 25, 2000
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed today for Christmas. They also will be closed in most area towns, with some offices closed Tuesday as well. All city, county and state offices will be closed for Christmas, as will federal offices and the federal courts.
Russians, Chechens discuss war settlement
December 25, 2000
Liberal Russian legislators said Sunday they signed a protocol with members of rebel Chechnya’s parliament that eventually could lead to a negotiated solution to the 15-month war over the republic.
Christmas gloomy in Bethlehem
Ongoing violence has rocked cradle of Christianity
December 25, 2000
Soaked by cold rain and saddened by three months of wrenching violence, small crowds of Palestinians and a thin trickle of foreign tourists staged subdued Christmas Eve commemorations Sunday in Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem.
News Briefs
December 25, 2000
Bomb attacks hit churches Freighter presumed lost Virus threatening sea turtles Lottery jackpots rise
Bush drawing on experience
Former president defends son’s Cabinet choices
December 25, 2000
Former President Bush says it’s only logical that his son, President-elect Bush, is building an administration with those served under past Republican presidents, including himself.
KU seeks online enhancements
December 25, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Kansas University is seeking $2.2 million in state funds to better deliver courses online.
Cast Away’ survives blizzard of holiday fare at box office
December 25, 2000
Tom Hanks had a lot of company on his desert island over the weekend. Hanks’ new movie “Cast Away,” in which he plays a man stranded for four years after a plane crash, took in $30.1 million from Friday to Sunday to debut as the weekend’s top film.
Book offers revelations about ‘Jews Who Rock’
December 25, 2000
Albert Einstein. Karl Marx. Saul Bellow. Woody Allen. Marc Chagall. And Joey Ramone? Everybody knows the Jewish trailblazers in science, philosophy, art and literature. But few can name Jews who’ve made waves in rock ‘n’ roll.
Sitcom anchor pulls his weight
Rocky Carroll makes ‘Welcome to New York’ a welcome newcomer
December 25, 2000
Rocky Carroll easily pinpoints the moment he knew it would be an actor’s life for him. He was just out of college and had landed a job in New York with producer Joseph Papp, something a bit less prestigious than one of Papp’s famed Central Park gigs.
Failing co-op causing rural panic
December 25, 2000
The stakes are high for two Kansas towns tied to a financially strapped cooperative whose members will decide its future next month.
High gas prices leading to thrift
December 25, 2000
Cities and school districts across Missouri and Kansas are looking for ways to conserve energy to help absorb the costs from the increased gas prices.
Viola Marie Nisely
December 25, 2000
Paul Henry Courter
December 25, 2000
Officers hunt for driver who shot at vehicles
December 25, 2000
At the height of the holiday travel season, authorities across central Kansas kept watch on Sunday for a driver who shot at other vehicles on Kansas Highway 4. Two people were wounded in Saturday evening’s shootings.
KU creating Roman Catholic professorship
December 25, 2000
By Scott Rothschild A million-dollar fund is being created at Kansas University to advance the teaching of Roman Catholic history and philosophy. Catholic leaders and religion teachers applauded the move. “It’s a real step forward for us,” said Tim Miller, professor of religious studies and chair of the department. “It’s a great move to expand our horizons.”
Christmas in a hotel room’
Hydrant break floods Lawrence homes, forcing evacuations on Christmas Eve
December 25, 2000
By Mike Shields Aretha Gomiller and her three young children will celebrate Christmas in a hotel room after their Christmas Eve was soggily and surprisingly disrupted. A small, brief flood forced evacuation of two Lawrence homes early Sunday. Gomiller’s was one of them. The deluge also temporarily closed two streets to traffic. Emergency officials said cold weather caused a fire hydrant at the southeast corner of 17th and Tennessee streets to break.
Lawrence crime follows national trend, numbers show
December 25, 2000
By Mike Belt There is still a week left in 2000, but statistics show crime in Lawrence appears to be following the national trend by continuing on a downward cycle in most categories. Only three crime categories currently show increases through November, according to information supplied by the Lawrence Police Department.
Kansas statistics don’t count
KBI working with cities toward modern reporting system
December 25, 2000
By Mike Belt Recently released FBI statistics show national crime continues to drop slightly, but that doesn’t mean much in Kansas and Douglas County. The state isn’t being counted because the Kansas Bureau of Investigation hasn’t been able to provide crime statistics to the FBI since 1993.
Ashcroft confirmation won’t be a cake walk
December 25, 2000
Among senators who must confirm or reject President-elect Bush’s Cabinet choices, Republicans cited a need for more ideological “balance” Sunday while Democrats promised to raise “tough” and “troubling” questions for his attorney general nominee.
Agencies provide assistance to homeless
December 25, 2000
Three agencies in Lawrence cater to the needs of people who are homeless. The Salvation Army, 946 N.H., the Community Drop-in Center, 214 W. 10th St., and Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, 1000 Ky.
City’s less fortunate still find holiday warmth
December 25, 2000
By Erwin Seba Like many Lawrence residents, Deborah Orona will spend Christmas Day counting her blessings. She is thankful she still has a car, she said. It gave her a place to sleep before she decided to stay at the Salvation Army shelter. Orona, 36, lost her apartment after a roommate moved out and she couldn’t pay the rent or find another roommate.
What’s new
December 25, 2000
Cassette decks have new life Original PlayStation holds its own Matching the mobile
Web sites offer how-to guide, New Yorker cartoons
December 25, 2000
Our Web tour of the day showed us how to do stuff, get a reputation and celebrate failure.
Problem solving
Book poses mathematical puzzles
December 25, 2000
One of computing’s mantras is, “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible just takes a bit longer.” And daily newspaper stories confirm it: A new speed record for chips is still warm when that record is broken.
Sony robot good for laughs
But it’s still a far cry from a lovable pet
December 25, 2000
No matter how clever its design, a robot is still nothing more than a cold machine hardly a cuddly, fuzzy, lapping puppy. It’s no surprise then that Sony Corp.’s Aibo pet robot doesn’t exactly live up to its advertised image as soulful companion.
DVDs’ best plays: clearer images, more storage
December 25, 2000
By Dave Toplikar A few days ago one of my daughters told me that my wife had already bought my Christmas gifts. I groaned inwardly. I hadn’t given her any hints, except to say that I was out of socks. And ties. If I would have been more organized, a DVD player might have been somewhere on my list.
Rich not always intriguing
December 25, 2000
By Tony Kornheiser Creators Syndicate Well, don’t I feel foolish! Having read how Hillary Clinton was looking to rent a place to live in Washington, I wrote a column last week offering Hillary a great deal on my daughter’s room when Elizabeth went to college.
Old Home Town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
December 25, 2000
Lighter mood
December 25, 2000
Powell will bring order to State
December 25, 2000
By Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer Breathe a sigh of relief that George W. Bush has named Colin Powell as the next secretary of state. Everybody knows the president-elect has minimal foreign experience, so his picks for foreign-policy posts take on unusual importance. Along with Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, the next secretary of state will play a paramount role in shaping foreign policy and selling it to Congress and the public.
A special day
December 25, 2000
J-W Editorial Greetings and best wishes for a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas! There, we said it. Excuse us for being politically incorrect. We mean no disrespect to people of other faiths. We honor the right of all people to practice their religion and celebrate the days that are significant or holy to them.
Alternative energy becomes more attractive as crisis looms
December 25, 2000
Alternative energy sources are becoming more attractive to Californians as they face an energy crisis with soaring natural gas prices, tight supplies of electricity and imminent electricity rate hikes.
National Briefs
December 25, 2000
Officers not off hook Socks will warm inmates’ feet, hearts Extension cord cited in deadly house fire
Search for peace, goodwill continues at Christmas
December 25, 2000
Briefcase
December 25, 2000
Donors should research charities before giving Homeowners: Beware of predatory lending Markets closed
On the money - Stock market Web sites
December 25, 2000
If you want to find out what really goes on in the stock market, why not go directly to the source? The World Wide Web offers a great way to check out market activity and pick up some useful insights on investing. The various markets contain a wealth of information, from equities to pork bellies.
Investors who were ‘cooked’ by guru offered some payback
December 25, 2000
If you’re one of an estimated 50,000 trusting investors misled by the get-rich-quick guru, Wade Cook, you might be able to get some money back. If you’re paying big bucks to any guru who promises to teach you his exclusive, market-beating system, ask yourself if you and your wallet are being “cooked.” For a while, Cook was the leading prophet of easy money. The speakers at his workshops taught that investors easily could earn 1,000 percent or even 3,800 percent a year.
Paying bills online catches on
Using the Internet has its advantages, disadvantages
December 25, 2000
The first time he tried it, Serge Poborka was sold on the concept of never having to write a check to pay a bill. “I do get tired of writing checks, putting them in the mail and wondering if they got there,” said the Brighton, Mich., resident, who works at Paccar Inc. in Farmington Hills, Mich. He began using the bill-paying service offered through TCF Bank several months ago to pay his mortgage and home-equity line of credit.
Screenplay
Send your holiday photos to this online device
December 25, 2000
Digital pictures don’t fade. They don’t tear. And they can be sent anywhere through cyberspace in minutes. When a picture is in electronic form, you can link it to an e-mail message, post it on your personal Web page or print it out on photograph-quality paper.
Finding Forrester’ stands out in field
December 25, 2000
At last, a bona fide Academy Award nominee among the 2000 crop of movies. “Finding Forrester” qualifies handsomely, combining an extraordinary script, meticulous direction and two heartfelt performances, one by a grizzled veteran of the film wars, the other by a 16-year-old who had never acted professionally before.
Warm up with shot of Bailey
December 25, 2000
NBC will repeat the 1946 Frank Capra fantasy, “It’s A Wonderful Life” (7 p.m.) for the third and final time this holiday season. Considered a flop when first released on the big screen, the movie fell into public domain and wound up being played repeatedly on television around the holidays.
Blue-Gray slated today
December 25, 2000
At Penn State, Mike Cerimele expected to help make Joe Paterno college football’s winningest coach. At Alabama, Dustin McClintock figured an eight-win season would be the minimum.