Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2000

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World briefs
December 28, 2000
Premier pledges punishment for deadly disco fire Battle looms over ecosystem in Galapagos Islands
TOP MOVIES
December 28, 2000
People
December 28, 2000
Carnahan to appear on ‘Oprah’ Robert Downey Jr. pleads innocent to drug charges Ryan talks about breaking up Sheriff sued for using lyrics without permission
John Henderson
December 28, 2000
Patrick Butler
December 28, 2000
Knupp Services
December 28, 2000
Edwards services
December 28, 2000
Salvation Army reaches donation goal
December 28, 2000
Thanks to many recent donations to help the less fortunate, the Salvation Army met its Christmas fund-raising goal of $145,000. “I think it says a really positive statement about the community,” said Lt. Carolyn Schuetz, corps officer with the Salvation Army in Lawrence.
Area groups receive grants
December 28, 2000
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Douglas County will increase their efforts to assist youths with special needs, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.
Winter cold takes toll on homeless
December 28, 2000
By Erwin Seba The prolonged cold spell is taking its toll on the city’s homeless. Officials at Lawrence social service agencies say several people who are homeless have been treated for hypothermia. And people also have been affected by frostbite, said Lt. Carolyn Schuetz, corps officer with the Salvation Army in Lawrence.
Wiring blamed in morning fire
Many apartments unoccupied when Louisiana Street blaze began
December 28, 2000
By Mike Belt The company which manages a Lawrence apartment building heavily damaged by fire Wednesday is working to notify residents who were out of town. “It’s difficult,” said Burt Wickersham, controller for Mastercraft Corp., which manages several apartments, including Summit House, 1105 La., where the fire occurred. “Many of them are KU students and they were gone.”
Mir’s days numbered
Ocean exit planned for space station
December 28, 2000
Russia will use an unmanned cargo spacecraft to safely drop the aging Mir into the Pacific in February, a top space official said Wednesday, seeking to allay fears the space station will make an uncontrolled plunge that could rain tons of flaming debris on populated areas.
Science Briefs
December 28, 2000
Institute to study biological ‘hotspot’ Steroids don’t slow respiratory disease
Meteor showers ahead
Skies to be bright during January
December 28, 2000
The solar eclipse that passed over the Carolinas on Christmas Day will be the last one for almost a year. Still, the next few weeks will offer their share of sights for stargazers, including an exceptionally bright moon, a meteor shower and a space station.
Serbs incensed about power blackouts
December 28, 2000
With traffic lights failing, frozen foods thawing in grocery stores and people struggling to keep warm, Yugoslavia’s worst-ever energy crisis is prompting many people to question whether the new democratic leadership can’t at least keep the lights on.
Police end bank workers’ sit-in
Union leaders vow to ignore order, continue strike
December 28, 2000
Riot police broke up a sit-in by thousands of striking bank workers Wednesday, but union leaders vowed to ignore government threats and push ahead with the work stoppage, which has shut down two major banks.
Aftermath of ice storm continues in South
December 28, 2000
Using lessons mastered just two weeks ago, Dave Kaffenberger closed off rooms of his house and gathered his family around the hearth after an ice storm knocked out the electricity.
Net spreads for escapees from Texas prison
December 28, 2000
Texas prison officials are counting on a far-reaching intelligence network of local, state and national law-enforcement agencies to help them track down the seven escapees now wanted in the Christmas Eve slaying of an Irving policeman.
Cabinet appointees to be named
Bush said to be considering ex-Indiana senator as defense secretary
December 28, 2000
President-elect George W. Bush continued his Florida vacation Wednesday, fishing and golfing with friends and family, but with the business of Cabinet-building close at hand.
Relatives of ship’s crew resign themselves to loss
December 28, 2000
The brother of the missing Anita’s chief mate, himself a ship’s captain who regularly makes the same Miami to Haiti run, worried as he watched the ill-fated freighter pull away from the dock and head into stormy seas.
Many minority ballots thrown out in Chicago
December 28, 2000
One of every six ballots in the presidential election was thrown out in many black precincts of Chicago, while almost every vote was counted in some of its suburbs, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
New dollar coins become hard to find
Sacagawea bucks prove elusive
December 28, 2000
The new dollar coin that bears the image of Sacagawea is proving to be as elusive as the commercial route to the Northwest that explorers Lewis and Clark were seeking two centuries ago when she accompanied them on a trek across the continent.
Kansas lawmakers have 2001 wish lists
Tax cuts, farm policy and foreign trade are areas of interest for Sunflower State delegation
December 28, 2000
Tax cuts and farm policy top the 2001 agenda for the Kansas delegation in Congress, though half of its members will be focused on their political futures, too.
Packing plant’s future uncertain after blaze
Workers in Garden City sought at other Kansas slaughterhouses
December 28, 2000
Aftershocks from a devastating fire at the ConAgra meat packing plant near Garden City could include lower prices for cattle suppliers and job uncertainty for the plant’s 2,300 workers.
National search sparked for koalas stolen from San Francisco Zoo
December 28, 2000
A nationwide search is under way for two koalas stolen from the San Francisco Zoo by a burglar who apparently broke through a sun roof to heist the fragile animals that curators fear could die within days if not cared for properly.
FCC: White House role in TV shows needs disclosure
December 28, 2000
TV networks should have identified the White House as a sponsor of several popular prime-time programs with anti-drug messages since the government paid $25 million for the right to approve scripts, regulators say in a ruling sought by marijuana backers.
Library of Congress chooses 25 classic films to preserve
December 28, 2000
The librarian of Congress named 25 classic films for preservation in the National Film Registry, from Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula,” a grandparent of today’s horror movie, to the cinematic record of President William McKinley’s inauguration in 1901.
Hanks backs film as personal project
Survivalist saga ‘Cast Away’ represents seven-year idea for actor
December 28, 2000
Tom Hanks walks into a subterranean room of the Four Seasons Hotel with all the fanfare of a busboy. He has no entourage. He does not crackle with “I’m here” energy. He holds a tall Starbucks coffee and orders an egg-white omelet with American cheese. If he were at home in Malibu, Calif., on this morning, he might be surfing.
Ashcroft’s words come back to bite him
December 28, 2000
John Ashcroft once hailed Confederate war heroes as “patriots,” refused to sign a report on minorities in America and rented his fund-raising list to Linda Tripp at the very moment he was sitting in judgment of President Clinton at the impeachment trial.
Suspect owned bomb-making gear
Engineer accused of gunning down seven discussed explosives on Internet
December 28, 2000
Investigators seized bomb-making chemicals, blasting caps and magazines on explosives Wednesday from the apartment of a software engineer accused of gunning down seven co-workers at an Internet consulting company.
Boyd Masten
December 28, 2000
Water treatment settlement in works
Health department talking with waste facility
December 28, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Seven months ago, state environmental officials were trying to close the doors on Kansas Waste Water Inc. Now they’re talking about a settlement that would allow the company to continue operating. State Sen. Paul Feleciano, D-Wichita, who has been following the case, said he was shocked to hear the state is trying to settle.
Real men can buy good gifts
December 28, 2000
My husband is a wonderful man, a person I admire and adore. But giving surprising, meaningful presents is not among his strong points. One year he forgot my birthday, sent me a dozen roses at the last minute, and recorded the item in our joint checkbook as “marriage-related expenses.”
The other side
December 28, 2000
ROTC a mistake
December 28, 2000
Hillary won’t shun attention
December 28, 2000
By Sandy Grady Phildaelphia Daily News Even before she’d shown up in her ubiquitous black pantsuit as a rookie U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton drew fatuous advice from Trent Lott: Sit down, little lady, and shut up. “She’ll be one of 100 co-equals,” the Senate leader reminded Mrs. Clinton. “Getting attention and getting something done in the Senate don’t go hand in hand. If she’s smart, she’ll keep a low profile.”
Guerin ignites Bruins past Islanders
Samsonov supplies goal, assist in Boston’s 5-2 win over New York
December 28, 2000
Bill Guerin and his linemates are leading the Boston Bruins’ resurgence. Guerin scored twice, Sergei Samsonov had a goal and an assist and Jason Allison had three assists as the Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Marshall turns back Cincinnati
December 28, 2000
The Motor City Bowl might as well be called the Marshall Invitational. The Thundering Herd beat Cincinnati, 25-14, Wednesday in front of 26,018 fans at the Silverdome, to give Marshall a three-game winning streak in the bowl after losing the inaugural game in 1997.
East Carolina trips Texas Tech
Pirates cruise to huge early lead, hang on for 40-27 victory
December 28, 2000
When it was over, only the East Carolina Pirates and their gleeful fans went home happy. East Carolina scored 34 straight first-half points, including two 1-yard runs by Leonard Henry and a 71-yard punt return by Keith Stokes, as the Pirates stunned Texas Tech, 40-27, in the first galleryfurniture.com Bowl on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma wins in OT
December 28, 2000
LaNeisha Caufield had eight of her 21 points in overtime as No. 22 Oklahoma beat 17th-ranked Stanford, 102-98, Wednesday night.
Spartans shrug pressure of No. 1 spot
Michigan State pops Bowling Green, 85-69, in first outing since hitting top of AP poll
December 28, 2000
Magic Johnson was running the point for the national championship team, and only three of the current Spartans had even been born the last time Michigan State was No. 1 during the regular season.
Chill out Vols survive in outdoor game
December 28, 2000
Tennessee and Arizona State gave new meaning to the term warming up. On a cool, desert night, Tamika Catchings scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 2-ranked Lady Vols to a 67-63 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday at Bank One Ballpark, the home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hornets smoking, but road lies ahead
December 28, 2000
Electoral reform requires caution
December 28, 2000
By Larry Eichel The Philadelphia Inquirer When it comes to electoral reform, the nation’s priorities ought to be clear: To give all Americans an easy-to-use voting system that registers their votes when they pick one candidate for president and makes it impossible for them to pick two or three.
Heat melt Pacers
Indiana’s Miller, Harrington tossed
December 28, 2000
A season’s worth of frustration and the Miami Heat were too much for the Indiana Pacers to handle. Eddie Jones scored 22 points as the Heat beat the Pacers, 91-79, Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to three games.
Orlando loses Hill for duration
Season-ending ankle surgery scheduled for five-time NBA All-Star acquired from Detroit
December 28, 2000
Grant Hill will have season-ending surgery on his ankle, a devastating blow to the Magic and their hopes that the five-time All-Star would lead them to an NBA title.
Robertson sparks Knights
December 28, 2000
Former Kansas University guard Ryan Robertson scored 21 points as the Kansas City Knights beat the Memphis Houn’Dawgs, 105-82, in the ABA2000 team’s home opener at Kemper Arena.
Jones named top athlete
Olympian won five medals at Sydney Games
December 28, 2000
Marion Jones failed to reach her goal of five gold medals at the Sydney Games. All she did was win more medals than any female track athlete ever had at a single Olympics.
On cue, Lemieux flashes old form
Mario super in return for Penguins; Hall-of-Famer scores one goal, assists on two others
December 28, 2000
Nobody could possibly play like this after 31/2 years of retirement. Nobody, that is, except Mario Lemieux. Lemieux made a remarkable return in his first game since 1997, scoring a goal and assisting on two others one on his first pass on his first shift, no less as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Toronto, 5-0, Wednesday night.
Glass gears for 2001 tour
December 28, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Bob Glass paused for a moment to ponder the question. Had he, the reigning PBA Senior Tour Player of the Year, learned anything from his most successful season as a pro bowler? “Hmm that I really do have to work at it,” Glass eventually said. “That all that practice and going to the gym to work out is necessary.”
Anger control a top concern for employers
Tech workplace isn’t unusually susceptible to violence
December 28, 2000
Every time a case of office violence makes the headlines, psychologist Mark Braverman hears two questions: How susceptible are employers, and how can they prevent it?
Indicators signal slowing economy
December 28, 2000
A major economic gauge slipped 0.2 percent in November, suggesting the U.S. economy will continue to slow through the first part of 2001.
Levinson keeps the ‘Piece’ in flick
December 28, 2000
Barry Levinson has it down when it comes to improvisational banter among working-class characters. If you haven’t seen any of his Baltimore-based films, you owe it to yourself to catch “Diner,” “Tin Men” and “Liberty Heights.”
A&E to air Charles Lindbergh story
December 28, 2000
Revered as an aviation hero and reviled as a Nazi sympathizer, Charles Lindbergh may be the most controversial American of the 20th Century. Harry Smith hosts a one-hour “Biography” (7 p.m., A&E) of the “Lone Eagle.”
Winterbottom stakes his ‘Claim’
December 28, 2000
Who would have thought? That a Western could be both riveting and sexy, more focused on the power of love than the power of the gun, a story where human beings with all their petty wants, needs and flaws are mere pinpricks on a vast stormy canvas of mountain, snow and sky?
Brace yourself
December 28, 2000
Think a mouth full of metal is bad? Check this out: Mummies dug up by archaeologists show evidence of primitive braces, with metal bands linked together with catgut string made from dried animal intestines.
Deal us in
December 28, 2000
Game reviewers are giving high marks to Hoyle Kids Games, a new Windows/Macintosh software game that features 14 classics like checkers, go fish, crazy 8s, hangman, old maid, tic tac toe, Chinese checkers and war.
A project for the birds
December 28, 2000
Here’s a project to help fight cabin fever: Decorate a small tree or bush in your yard with these homemade bird treats and see how many kinds of birds you can entice to your yard and identify.
Waddling works for penguins
December 28, 2000
Penguins, as anyone who has seen them waddle along might have guessed, are not the most efficient walkers. In fact, penguins use about twice as much energy as other land animals to move.
Sharpening ‘Quills’
Kaufman involved with another infamous figure
December 28, 2000
By Dan Lybarger Like the subjects of his movies, director Philip Kaufman has been controversial and frequently misunderstood.
Think tank
Student leaders ponder politics, faith and morals
December 28, 2000
By Jim Baker What’s on the mind of teen-age students these days, as the year winds down? A lot, actually. They seem to be pondering a wide variety of issues, ranging from the global to the deeply personal. God, death, peer pressure, violence around the world, the recent elections, family and the future.
Hot musical spots for New Year’s Eve
December 28, 2000
Firm changes focus
Kantronics seeks new market in paging
December 28, 2000
By Mark Fagan After the Internet siphoned away its core business, a onetime high-tech powerhouse is retooling in Lawrence. Kantronics Co. Inc., stung by competition from the online world in recent years, is shifting its focus from a dwindling ham radio market to equipment for large-scale paging.
Daily ticker
December 28, 2000
SEVEN QUESTIONS with Bill Janovitz
December 28, 2000
By Jon Niccum For nearly 15 years, Buffalo Tom has earned a reputation as one of the most honest, hard-working acts on the college-rock circuit.
Fascinating Rhythm
Band tries to keep jazz alive and well in Lawrence
December 28, 2000
By Geoff Harkness “Kenny G is not jazz,” Rick McNeely declares emphatically. “Some of the stuff that David Sanborn does is definitely not jazz. Just because it doesn’t have vocals doesn’t mean it’s jazz.”
No confusion for ‘Fusion’
December 28, 2000
By Jon Niccum Where can you expect to find wide-ranging national acts such as Old 97’s, Poster Children and Los Straitjackets sharing a bill with local faves Ultimate Fakebook, Slurry and Split Lip Rayfield?
Finding Forrester’ - film review
Mentor movie rises above its predictability thanks to standout performances by leads
December 28, 2000
By Dan Lybarger “Finding Forrester” incorporates large portions of its storyline from “Scent of a Woman,” “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” and “Good Will Hunting.” Fortunately, director Gus Van Sant, who helmed “Good Will Hunting,” imbues the new film with just enough stylish touches to keep it from feeling stale or rote.
Quills’ - film review
Quills’ takes an objective look at one of history’s most repulsive characters
December 28, 2000
By Loey Lockerby The Marquis de Sade was the Eminem of post-Revolutionary France.
AG ready to exit politics
Carla Stovall says she’ll leave public life behind in two years
December 28, 2000
She won’t run again for attorney general. She won’t run for governor. And she won’t run for U.S. Senate. Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall said she plans to leave Kansas politics in two years and hopes to land a job in a law firm with national or international connections. Stovall said Wednesday that she will not seek a third term in 2002. She also told reporters that she never seriously considered running for governor.
Jayhawks settle into Saturdays-only stretch
December 28, 2000
By Gary Bedore Say this about Kansas University’s 2000-2001 men’s basketball schedule: It is different. “The schedule is screwy. It is somewhat unusual,” KU coach Roy Williams said. The Jayhawks, off to a 10-1 start heading into Saturday’s Sprint Shootout contest against Southwest Missouri State (8:05 p.m., Kemper Arena), played nine games, counting two exhibitions, during the first 29 days of the season.
Investors favoring blue chips
Nasdaq rallies to close at 2,539
December 28, 2000
Investors sent blue chip stocks higher for a fourth straight session Wednesday, while technology stocks recovered from early losses to post their first gains of the week. Analysts said Wall Street still was gravitating toward non-tech issues, which are viewed as safer in a slower economy, as it has done since Labor Day.
Greenspan provides no laughing matter
Despite high profile, Federal Reserve chairman largely avoids comic barbs of late-night talk show hosts
December 28, 2000
Some may consider Alan Greenspan to be more powerful than the president, but unlike George W. Bush and Bill Clinton the Federal Reserve Board chairman was the target of jokes by late-night television comics only four times this year.
ARTS NOTES
December 28, 2000
We said goodbye to them in 2000
Among the greats who died: Schultz, Gielgud, Guinness, Carnahan, O’Connor, Trudeau
December 28, 2000
The pen that gave line and life to Charlie Brown is stilled. So are the rich voices of two of England’s most fabled actors, and the wit of a comedian who had “Tonight” show audiences chuckling when Jay Leno was a boy.
2000 in Kansas: a chronology
Year begins with unfounded Y2K fears, ends with Wichita murders
December 28, 2000
First black named to Southern court
Clinton uses recess appointment to place lawyer on appellate bench
December 28, 2000
President Clinton on Wednesday put the first black judge onto the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which serves several Southern states and covers more minorities than any other circuit.
National Briefs
December 28, 2000
Newspapers demand open Senate vote for Texas office Woman gets 15 days in jail for dumping infant in trash
Snowbound: AWOL soldier found alive after being buried two weeks in snowdrift
After diet of orange juice and M&Ms, soldier rescued and thrown into stockade
December 28, 2000
A 29-year-old Florida man was miraculously discovered alive in his car buried in five feet of snow near Bend, Ore., Monday.
Egypt says Mideast summit is off
Israel accepts proposals; Palestinians express deep reservations
December 28, 2000
Israel accepted U.S. proposals for an accord with the Palestinians as a basis for new peace talks early Thursday, even as Egypt announced that a summit aimed at dealing with the American plan had been called off. Earlier, Palestinians expressed deep reservations about President Clinton’s ideas for solving the touchiest issues remaining in the road to Mideast peace.
Let’s learn more about life
December 28, 2000
Imagine the following. Aliens land on Earth in a field near Clinton Lake. Upon emerging from the spaceship, the aliens’ first words are not the proverbial, “take us to your leader.” Instead, they wave a wand-like device at the horizon and say: “Your planet is teeming with life. Our sensors tell us that there are millions of life forms here � many more than on our planet.
While Utes struggle, Majerus holed up in ritzy Vegas hotel
December 28, 2000
Pulling coach Rick Majerus away from his team is about as easy as dragging him from a pork chop, yet there he sits, in the solitude of Sin City, at a time when his players need him most.
Scouts show interest in Nesmith
December 28, 2000
By Gary Bedore Carl Nesmith did a batch of interviews last week. Not just with the media, but with various NFL scouts assembled at the Blue-Gray all-star football game in Montgomery, Ala.
Hoffman cashes in on quiet fame
Actor goes from cashier to appearing with Tom Cruise, Matt Damon
December 28, 2000
The day has been long all that endless questioning and prodding so it’s only natural for Philip Seymour Hoffman to get distracted.
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEES
December 28, 2000
Few early filers for city commission race
Only two candidates have filed so far, though more are expected soon
December 28, 2000
By Joel Mathis With less than a month to go before the deadline, only two candidates have formally filed for the three open spots on the Lawrence City Commission. Three more potential candidates, including two incumbents, say they will file soon. But a total of five is a far cry from the double-digit numbers in city elections during the last decade.
VA hospitals rank high for patient care
Study of heart attack victims finds good survival rates at veterans hospitals
December 28, 2000
Veterans hospitals don’t deserve their reputation as inferior, at least when it comes to treating heart attack victims, a study found.
Something to write home about
The Get Up Kids mature from garage band to arena rockers
December 28, 2000
By Geoff Harkness First impressions are so rarely what they appear to be.
Study: FDA policy led to deaths
Seven drugs approved swiftly cited in a thousand deaths
December 28, 2000
For most of its history, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved new prescription medicines at a grudging pace, paying daily homage to the physician’s creed, “First, do no harm.”
Tire case heads toward settlement
Lawyer says six claims resolved quickly
December 28, 2000
Ford Motor Co. is moving quickly to settle accident cases involving Explorers with Firestone tires, resolving at least six legal claims in a single day, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Snow job
December 28, 2000
J-W Editorials Slippery, snowy sidewalks are a problem local residents should be able to solve without additional city action. Several mild winters in Lawrence have left little reason to worry about shoveling snow or clearing sidewalks. Any snowfall or ice usually was light and rapidly melted on its own.
College teams can’t win ‘em all
It’s virtually impossible to go undefeated in basketball nowadays
December 28, 2000
The week before Christmas, there were 16 unbeaten teams. By Christmas Eve, there were seven. Tennessee, Syracuse, LSU, UTEP, Mississippi, USC, Alabama, Iowa and even mighty Duke went down for the first time last week.
Briefcase
December 28, 2000
Dollar rises against yen Drug giants close deal Dot-com cuts continue Feds snag suspects in eBay ripoffs FedEx to deliver higher rates
Horoscopes
December 28, 2000
Adeline Mitchell
December 28, 2000
Potential candidates surface for AG post
December 28, 2000
Two legislators, a top aide to Gov. Bill Graves, and the Republican Party’s state chairman are thinking about running for attorney general in 2002. Rep. Tony Powell, a Wichita attorney, said Wednesday that he is seriously considering a run for the GOP nomination.
Saint Louis paints A&M, 72-60
December 28, 2000
Maurice Jeffers scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Saint Louis to a 72-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday in the Rainbow Classic.
Faulk earns MVP honor
Running back carries Rams to playoff berth
December 28, 2000
Marshall Faulk’s record-setting ride for the St. Louis Rams earned him the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in balloting conducted by the Associated Press and announced Wednesday.
Oklahoma prepster commits to Kansas
Chiles rushed for 2,700 yards, 44 TDs
December 28, 2000
Marshell Chiles, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from El Reno (Okla.) High, has given Kansas University’s football team a nonbinding oral commitment.
Parting Shot
December 28, 2000
Movie listings
December 28, 2000
Calendar
December 28, 2000
Liquor stores expect early rush for New Year’s Eve spirits sales
December 28, 2000
By Katie Hollar Partiers who want to usher in 2001 with a champagne toast will need to plan ahead, as New Year’s Eve will fall on a Sunday this year. Under Kansas law, the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages is forbidden on Sundays. Nor can stores sell 3.2 percent alcohol beer on Sundays.
Cruising the canal
December 28, 2000
Remember the microscopic submarine that navigated patients’ bodies in “Fantastic Voyage” and “Inner Space”?
CD Reviews - Lisa Angelle - Fisher
December 28, 2000
Blue Riddim nation
Legendary KC reggae band set for New Year’s bash
December 28, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Though it may be freezing outside, it’s a guarantee that come New Year’s Eve it’s going to be hot inside Liberty Hall.
High school reunion rekindles feelings of bitterness
December 28, 2000
World briefs
December 28, 2000
Jogger dies after saying he was set on fire Expert: Explosion in sky probably a meteorite Castro forms alliance with treasure hunters Final results released after elections in Serbia