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Fire damages apartment building near KU
December 27, 2000
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:52 a.m.) A fire that heavily damaged an apartment building near the Kansas University campus Wednesday morning is under investigation.
Nation briefs
December 27, 2000
Got milk? Think Coke BBQ business suffers fate of Confederacy Rabbi’s sex abuse documented
State briefs
December 27, 2000
Wreck kills Kansan Union leader dies
Wichman services
December 27, 2000
Knupp services
December 27, 2000
Online holiday sales double in 2000, survey finds
December 27, 2000
Online holiday shopping doubled this year from 1999 levels as sales surged in the first week of November and remained buoyant, according to a study released Tuesday. The picture of a robust e-commerce sector was reflected by Yahoo! Inc., the world’s most visited portal on the World Wide Web, which said order volumes at its shopping services were nearly double year-ago levels.
Jobless rate up slightly for state
Rates decline in three of four urban areas
December 27, 2000
The state’s economy continued to perform as expected in November. The Kansas unemployment rate in November increased slightly, to 3.5 percent, from 3.4 percent in October, the Department of Human Resources reported Tuesday. The rate was 3.1 percent in November 1999.
Short & sweet
December 27, 2000
Birds of a feather Cheerio, cherries
Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms
December 27, 2000
By Susan Krumm Last Friday, I heard on KLWN-AM radio station about the turkey products recall due to possible listeria contamination. What is listeria? Listeria monocytogenes is a kind of bacteria often found in soil and water that can cause serious illness.
Southern dish warms up new year
December 27, 2000
By Gwyn Mellinger When it comes to celebrating the new year, Southerners are the experts. Theirs is the only regional North American cuisine I know of that actually includes dishes for the change in calendar, the most noted of which is the rice and black-eyed pea dish called Hoppin’ John.
The morning after
You indulged on New Year’s Eve, but now what’s for dinner?
December 27, 2000
Yet another long holiday weekend is looming. Get thee to the grocery store and stock up on ingredients for at least one really good pot of soup and a savory egg casserole to serve for brunch, lunch or supper. That’s two flexible meals accounted for, with the promise of enough leftovers for two more meals, unless all the ticketholders for the next Rolling Stones’ world tour and their relatives are headed to your house this weekend.
Holiday dinner feeds thousands
Salina cook provides free feast for community
December 27, 2000
Think you had your hands full for Christmas dinner? Put yourself in Bill Fekas’ shoes. He only fed a few thousand or so.
James services
December 27, 2000
Edwards services
December 27, 2000
Pay dispute could cost Sedgwick County
Jail deputies threaten lawsuit
December 27, 2000
Sedgwick County jail officers say the county is not moving fast enough in trying to resolve pay issues that could cost more than $1.3 million.
Sixers jolt Jazz
Utah falls at home, 97-91
December 27, 2000
Aaron McKie realizes he’s not Allen Iverson. The Utah Jazz, on the other hand, didn’t seem to notice. McKie stepped in for the injured Iverson, scoring a season-high 24 points as the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 97-91 Tuesday night, ending a 13-year losing streak in Utah.
On the record
December 27, 2000
Blues rock Columbus
Rookie St. Louis goalie stops 24 shots in 5-0 victory
December 27, 2000
A combination of Brent Johnson and costly mistakes did in the Columbus Blue Jackets. St. Louis’ rookie goalie stopped 24 shots and Pavol Demitra scored two goals and had two assists to give the Blues a 5-0 victory Tuesday night.
County, resident work on agreement
Hearing postponed for rural Eudora landowner accused of stripping topsoil
December 27, 2000
Douglas County officials are working on an agreement with a Eudora man accused of illegally stripping and selling topsoil from his land. A hearing scheduled for last week in Douglas County District Court on the county’s lawsuit against Marty Goodwin was postponed.
Players adjusting to refs’ calls
Williams gives officials passing grades for cracking down on rough play inside
December 27, 2000
Officiating looks easy. It is not easy, says Kansas University men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, who, on occasion, claps his hands and screams at the guys in the striped shirts with the fury of a Kansas tornado. “I have officiated a lot of basketball myself. I know how difficult it is,” noted Williams, who had various odd jobs during his younger years in North Carolina to pay the rent.
GOP’s right feeling left out
Conservative charges moderates alienate his wing
December 27, 2000
When he learned of a recent panel discussion about the Electoral College, activist John Altevogt was so disgusted he began suggesting that fellow conservatives break with the Republican Party. It wasn’t anything the panelists said. Instead, it was the membership of the group appointed by Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, a moderate Republican.
Big 12 ready to begin bowl games
December 27, 2000
Now that we have arrived on the front porch of the bowl season involving Big 12 Conference teams, let’s pause a moment before we ring the bell. As you know, seven conference teams earned postseason bids all with seven or more victories. There isn’t a minimum six-win qualifier in the lot so, on paper, the Big 12 will be represented by the best of the best.
Cunningham, KC brace for changes
December 27, 2000
The Kansas City Chiefs are headed for their biggest makeover since Carl Peterson arrived in 1989 and practically cleaned out Arrowhead Stadium. The biggest question surrounds coach Gunther Cunningham, who’s gone 16-16 in two years as head coach. As players straggled out of Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday at the conclusion of a disappointing 7-9 season and a third straight non-playoff year, they could only guess at the boss’ fate.
Snow likely to stick
Slush-filled streets latest drawback for drivers
December 27, 2000
Lawrence’s white Christmas may be followed by a white New Year’s Eve, as snow remains in the forecast much of this week. The day after Christmas got off to a slippery start in Lawrence and much of northeast Kansas, with people waking up to a fresh few inches of snow on the ground.
Fugitives thrive on Social Security program
December 27, 2000
The long arm of the law finally grabbed Anthony Cummings last year in New York City, but only after he had collected thousands of dollars from a Social Security program while on the run from a child rape indictment in Georgia.
Hoops outdoors
Vols, Arizona State to play at Ballpark
December 27, 2000
Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne was looking for a way to draw attention to her women’s basketball program. Then she heard an idea that intrigued her. You’re in Arizona. Why don’t you play a game outdoors? “Nobody liked it except me,” Turner Thorne said, laughing at the memory. Eventually, she convinced enough other people the idea had merit and now, three years later, it’s going to happen.
Shootings shock Boston-area dot-com business
Garnisheed wages thought to be behind slaying of 7
December 27, 2000
An employee of a Boston-area Internet company apparently angry over plans to garnishee his wages to pay back taxes gunned down seven co-workers who returned Tuesday from their Christmas holiday. The carnage ended after burly Michael McDermott, 42, was wrestled to the floor by police after he allegedly slaughtered four women and three men.
Retailers pin hopes on post-holiday sales
Stores take stock while shoppers seek bargains
December 27, 2000
By Joel Mathis Ask 10 different Lawrence merchants how they fared during the Christmas shopping season, and you’ll get 10 different answers and as many opinions why. As shoppers filled the stores again Tuesday, exchanging gifts and looking for after-Christmas bargains, Lawrence-area merchants were taking stock. Most said sales were as good as the 1999 season or slightly better. A few said sales were down.
Ravens relish first postseason preparations
December 27, 2000
Brian Billick spent Christmas night studying game film of the Denver Broncos. He also expects to put in long hours the remainder of the week, perfecting a game plan for the Baltimore Ravens’ initial foray into the playoffs.
2000 a hard year to avoid goofs
December 27, 2000
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group This year, I could not keep up. Rereading the Broder columns of 2000 for the annual year-end exercise in self-humiliation called the “Goofs Column,” it quickly became apparent that I was out of my league. If you didn’t call Florida wrong twice on election night, awarding it first to Al Gore and then to George W. Bush, and then taking both back, you could hardly claim to be in the TV anchors’ pantheon of putrid punditry.
Cowboys face reality of 5-11 season
Owner Jones comes to realization it’s time for Dallas to start rebuilding
December 27, 2000
For several years, Jerry Jones has worked under the premise that with some fine-tuning the Dallas Cowboys could make another Super Bowl run. The 2000 season proved it’s time for an overhaul.
Butler sparks Huskies
December 27, 2000
Connecticut freshman Caron Butler wasn’t paying attention to the box score, but his teammates were.
Global warming?
December 27, 2000
J-W Editorials Maybe trends will change, but current weather conditions give little credence to dire predictions about global warming.
China fire death toll hits 309
December 27, 2000
Fire swept through a shopping center in central China and engulfed Christmas revelers in a fourth-floor disco and construction workers on the floors below, killing at least 309 people.
Space station Mir contact regained
December 27, 2000
Russian space officials lost contact with the Mir for 20 hours, raising fears Tuesday that the troubled space station would plunge out of control. Despite the problems, Mission Control said it was in no rush to send a rescue crew in or hasten the Mir’s scheduled descent.
Drug-resistant salmonella seen
December 27, 2000
Salmonella illnesses resistant to the standard drug used to treat serious forms of the infection in children are emerging nationwide, government researchers warn.
Angioplasty beats drugs at high-volume hospitals
December 27, 2000
When it comes to saving heart attack patients’ lives, angioplasty beats clot-busting drugs, but only if done in hospitals that specialize in the procedure, new research suggests.
Cast Away’ is lonely at the top of box office receipts
December 27, 2000
“Cast Away,” starring Tom Hanks as a man stranded on an island for four years, was the top film during the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio figures released Tuesday.
Sooners weather travel delays
December 27, 2000
Top-ranked Oklahoma’s long-awaited trip to the Orange Bowl lasted longer than scheduled. The team’s plane took off from Oklahoma City in sleet, four hours behind schedule, and arrived in Miami at 6:30 p.m.
QB Gilliam dies at age 49
Heart attack fells former Pittsburgh signal-caller
December 27, 2000
Joe Gilliam Jr., who was one of the first black quarterbacks to start an NFL game but fell into drug addiction and spent two years living under a bridge in a cardboard box, has died at 49.
Nation briefs
December 27, 2000
Wildfire doused; teens cited Bush daughter recovering Island holiday delayed Mayor apologizes for affair
League ready for Lemieux, Part Deux
Penguins Hall of Famer-turned-owner turns back to player tonight
December 27, 2000
The comeback the NHL never dared to dream for begins tonight, and not even the man making it knows exactly what to expect.
Situation begins to improve for family of adopted son
December 27, 2000
By Dave Ranney A month ago, Kay and Mike McManigal were desperate. Their emotionally disturbed, adopted son was more than their family could handle. They were thinking about giving 7-year-old Ryan back to the state. But things are better now.
KDOT reviews formulas for picking road projects
Some state legislators say department doesn’t put enough emphasis on fatalities, large trucks
December 27, 2000
From the east, a car traveling on Highway U.S. 50 sometimes rocks like a boat tied to a dock. The motion is gentle but still a little disconcerting.
Farmers keep close watch on young animals in cold
Wet, snowy weather creates challenges on farms
December 27, 2000
As cold air grips the state, farmers and ranchers are keeping a closer watch on their young and pregnant animals, while battling the rising cost of keeping them warm.
Tiny cathedral serves as retiree’s labor of love
Limestone replica patterned after real church
December 27, 2000
Like his father and grandfather before him, Art VonFeldt is using limestone from the family quarry to build a cathedral.
Wichita initiates huge tree trust
City attempts to replace thousands of trees damaged by storms
December 27, 2000
What nature takes, it often gives back many times over.
King services
December 27, 2000
M. Eula Kauffman
December 27, 2000
Briefcase
December 27, 2000
Labor talks, more jobs focus of new year Motorola joins list of Sportvision investors Trading is light day after holiday Canadian firms barred from selling tickets
Whitman is good choice to lead EPA
December 27, 2000
The following editorial appeared in Saturday’s Washington Post
World briefs
December 27, 2000
Troops tested for radiation Pinochet questioning delayed for medical tests Protesters disrupt nationwide fox hunts Volcano evacuees allowed to go home
Prescription drug reimporting nixed
December 27, 2000
Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala refused to implement a Republican-sponsored measure Tuesday intended to reduce drug prices by allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs from abroad, concluding that it is unworkable and would not lower costs.
Foul-mouthed ‘South Park’ a hit in Taiwan
December 27, 2000
They’re just as foulmouthed, politically incorrect and crudely drawn here as they are back in the United States.
Actor Jason Robards dies
He won 2 Oscars, though he said he preferred live theater
December 27, 2000
Jason Robards, the veteran stage and screen actor who won back-to-back Oscars for “All the President’s Men” and “Julia,” died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 78.
Grandfather’s attention to stranger raises red flags
December 27, 2000
Cold snap ignites surge in natural gas, oil prices
December 27, 2000
Natural gas prices hit a new all-time high Tuesday as bitterly cold weather in the Northeast and other parts of the country prompted householders and businesses to burn more gas for heat, sparking fears of possible fuel shortages this winter.
Briefly
December 27, 2000
Meat processing plant in S.W. Kansas catches fire Interruption foils burglary; 18-, 22-year-old arrested School district advertises for elementary principal Quenemo resident dies in Osage County crash
Missing mirror alters outlook
December 27, 2000
By Lenore Skenazy New York Daily News Still searching for the secret to happiness? Not to worry. I’ve found it. Get rid of your full-length mirror.
GOP must curb spending
December 27, 2000
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services Republicans have made some political hay in recent years by accusing Democrats of being the tax-and-spend party. Ronald Reagan rode into town on a dual platform of cutting taxes and reducing spending, along with the size of government. He managed to reduce taxes but he failed to slay the spending beast.
Preliminary Census figures to give state data
Thursday’s numbers will be first set from this year’s embattled once-a-decade tally
December 27, 2000
It spent millions on advertising, hired temporary workers to knock on strangers’ doors and weathered its share of political controversy. Now, the Census Bureau is poised to release figures that will remake the congressional map and document changing population.
Slow play major problem in golf
Spectators must show respect to others while marching around courses to watch Woods
December 27, 2000
Golf never has been better. Purses are at a record level, estimated at $180 million for 2001 as golfers inch closer to the earning power in other sports.
People
December 27, 2000
Coleman mum in ‘01 Kudos from Connery Waylon has garage sale The Madonna watch
Time running out on peace plan
U.S. deadline today for Israel, Palestinians
December 27, 2000
Details of the U.S. proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement continued to emerge Tuesday, and underscored the difficulty that leaders of the two sides will have in agreeing to it.
Daily ticker
December 27, 2000
Wichita couple adopts Kansas Pinewood Derby
Sponsors travel state, bringing along miniature racetrack
December 27, 2000
Larry and Marylou Dawley are veterans of a racing circuit that spans Kansas from Lenexa to Elkhart, from Parsons to Quinter.
Pacers’ Bender may start soon
December 27, 2000
Jonathan Bender may be the final link in the Indiana Pacers’ ever-changing lineup. Coach Isiah Thomas has used 11 players in eight different starting combinations this season, desperately searching for the right mix. Now it’s the little-used Bender’s turn.
Anschutz Library floods
Renowned collection of maps spared after water pipe bursts
December 27, 2000
By Scott Rothschild A water pipe break on Christmas Eve flooded parts of Anschutz Library with two inches of water, damaging books, carpets, ceilings and walls, officials said Tuesday. But Kansas University officials were breathing a sigh of relief because they said it could have been a lot worse.
Ashcroft not a unifying choice
December 27, 2000
By Erwin Chemerinsky Special to the Los Angeles Times The selection of conservative Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general is evidence that President-elect George W. Bush’s talk of bipartisanship and conciliation is just empty rhetoric.
Marshall, Cincinnati just happy to be bowling
Thundering Herd only school to represent MAC in Motor City Bowl; Bearcats passed on other bowls to play in snowy Pontiac
December 27, 2000
Sure, two feet of snow cover the ground and it’s considered warm if the thermometer approaches 30 degrees. But that hasn’t cooled the excitement that Cincinnati and Marshall have for playing in tonight’s Motor City Bowl.
Horoscopes
December 27, 2000
Icy storm blankets southern Plains
Roads hazardous, airports closed, trees and power lines down
December 27, 2000
Snow and ice-glazed roads and coated tree limbs across the southern Plains on Tuesday, knocking out power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses and grounding hundreds of flights.
Lawrence briefs
December 27, 2000
Lung association seeks vehicle donations Century Farm recipients honored by bureau Basin advisory committee to discuss conservation plans Survey completes Kansas watershed maps KDOT worker celebrates 10 years of service
Will new Houston bowl score with fans?
Pass-happy Texas Tech, East Carolina say attendance doesn’t matter
December 27, 2000
Texas Tech and East Carolina will offer pass-proficient attacks in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl tonight, the first bowl game played in the Astrodome since 1987.