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National briefs
December 29, 2000
2 tickets match Powerball jackpot Stolen koalas recovered Alleged bank robbery suspect nabbed
It’s thumbs up for Ebert’s partner
Roeper provides clear-cut contrast to well-known movie critic
December 29, 2000
In person, Roger Ebert seems as pearly and placid as a movie screen before the show. His new partner, Richard Roeper, bristles with lean eagerness.
Area Briefs
December 29, 2000
Cash reported taken from Family Dollar store Police investigate home burglary report Lawrence Memorial offers cholesterol screenings National History Day competition approaching
Police radio changes channels
December 29, 2000
By Mike Belt Lawrence Police have their own 800 numbers now megahertz, that is. Police recently began using a new radio system, causing scanner buffs throughout the city to run to electronics stores to get new ones. “We had to bring in some scanners from another store to build up our stock,” said Jason Neal, manager of the Radio Shack at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
Cold-blooded’ crime solved
Tombstones of notorious killers found in eastern Kansas
December 29, 2000
The tombstones of the killers immortalized in Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” have been recovered 20 years after they were stolen. The two tombstones were pried Wednesday from frozen ground on a farm in the southern part of Allen County. In the early 1960s, Capote spent several months in Holcomb gathering material for what would become his best-selling novel, “In Cold Blood.”
Briefly
December 29, 2000
New license plates feature Kansas Capitol County lawmakers set public forum Free State Walkers sponsor New Year’s Volkswalk Carolers raise hundreds for Habitat for Humanity
Texas Senate secretly picks leader
December 29, 2000
With the blessing of the Texas Supreme Court, state lawmakers on Thursday chose a new lieutenant governor perhaps the most powerful post in Texas by secret ballot.
Russia’s Far East frozen
Fuel supplies low, leaving residents shivering inside buildings
December 29, 2000
Wearing a fur hat and a winter coat, 82-year-old Alexei Sanin sat down to eat his sandwich in his kitchen fully dressed as if ready for a subzero outing in this forlorn village in Russia’s frozen Far East.
Gospel according to Luke
Axtell says new commitment to Christianity changed his life
December 29, 2000
By Gary Bedore Luke Axtell has come a long way in the past year. “Yes, my life has definitely turned around,” Axtell, Kansas University’s senior shooting guard, said Thursday. “I don’t think there was any other way to go besides better.”
Iowa State ends bowl drought
Cyclones cap dream season with victory over Pittsburgh
December 29, 2000
It was a sweet night for Sage in the desert.
New Orleans’ Johnson edges Collins
Saints’ defensive end wins comeback award by 9-8 vote
December 29, 2000
For Joe Johnson, the operations were outnumbering his sacks. That’s no way for a defensive end to live.
Wife should evaluate how badly she wants to stay with husband
December 29, 2000
World briefs
December 29, 2000
Satellites lost after rocket fails Cuba doesn’t foresee changes under Bush Thousands flee ahead of cyclone China, Taiwan trade link formalized Headlines run wild in newspaper pranks
Thrashers surpass .500 for first time
December 29, 2000
The Atlanta Thrashers have been playing like winners all month. Now they have the record to prove it.
Boston Strangler’s identity questioned
December 29, 2000
Richard DeSalvo never believed his brother, Albert, was the Boston Strangler. Casey Sherman never believed his aunt, Mary Sullivan, was killed by Albert DeSalvo, even though he confessed.
Demographics show population shifts in U.S.
December 29, 2000
The 2000 Census figures released Thursday tell a story as old as the nation itself the restless shifting of the American population searching for better lives somewhere else.
Florida fires coach, GM, trades veteran center
Murray brothers dismissed
December 29, 2000
Preparing for the team’s possible sale, the struggling Florida Panthers fired their coach and general manager Thursday and traded a veteran center who never lived up to a fat free-agent contract.
Bombs shatter hopes for peace
December 29, 2000
A pair of bomb blasts blamed on Palestinian extremists killed two Israelis and wounded 16 others Thursday as American officials tried to step up pressure on the two sides to embrace President Clinton’s end-of-term Mideast peace proposal.
People
December 29, 2000
Fox named top celebrity Spielberg to be knighted Kuralt mistress prevails ‘90210’ actress nabbed for DWI
TV’s ‘Howie Awards’ handed out
Sagging ratings biggest trend in sports this past year; Knight scoop goes to CNN/SI
December 29, 2000
TV and sports are linked, with money from one fueling the progress and often dictating the evolution of the other. Guess which plays which role?
Rams favored for good reason
December 29, 2000
The St. Louis Rams are seeded sixth and last in the NFC playoffs. The New Orleans Saints are third.
Pretty Horses’ reined too tightly
December 29, 2000
You’ve got your scope and your sweep if you’re writing an epic novel like “All the Pretty Horses.” But scope and sweep are the first casualties in Billy Bob Thornton’s movie of the same name the one that stars Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and a whole herd of great-looking horses.
Idled power plant back online in KC
Low Missouri River levels caused two-week shutdown
December 29, 2000
Some clever engineering work has restored a power plant that had been closed because the Missouri River is at record low levels easing fears that some customers might lose their electricity.
Levita Roberts
December 29, 2000
Would-be broadcasters hit by low-power blow
FCC all but dashes radio hopes in Lawrence
December 29, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Churches and community groups hoping to run little radio stations may never get on the air. Earlier this month, Congress stuck a provision in an appropriations bill that will make it harder to develop what are called low-power FM stations.
National briefs
December 29, 2000
7 people killed in shootout Newspaper workers OK pact ‘Made in USA’ lawsuit settled Family slayings discovered
Invading frogs threaten Hawaiian tranquility
December 29, 2000
Larry Stevens lives in a secluded rain forest on the east side of the Big Island, a quiet spot where he once enjoyed the peaceful, gentle sounds of nature.
U.S. population continues shift to West, South
December 29, 2000
Massive immigration helped drive the U.S. population to a record 281.4 million and will contribute to the shift of 24 congressional seats in 18 states by 2002, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. The first detailed data from the 2000 Census showed that the U.S. population grew 13.2 percent to 281,421,906 in the last decade.
Web site traces Jewish, Christian history
December 29, 2000
On Monday, Christians celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Jesus’ birth a good day to launch a Web site highlighting Jewish history and the first three centuries of Christianity.
Snow, ice keep chilly grip on central states
December 29, 2000
Winter kept a miserable grip on the nation’s midsection Thursday as hundreds of people waited for help on a slippery Texas highway, thousands remained without power and snow piled up in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Horoscopes
December 29, 2000
Daily Ticker
December 29, 2000
Dupay keys Florida’s win
Gator sharpshooter connects on seven treys
December 29, 2000
Teddy Dupay’s shooting touch and Billy Donovan’s temper both caught fire Thursday night.
Rogers: It’s OK to be a dork
December 29, 2000
By Lenore Skenazy New York Daily News It’s kind of like Santa retiring. Maybe worse. Mister Rogers, after 38 years, is hanging up his sweater. He always hung up his sweater, of course. (What, he was going to teach children to throw their clothes on the ground?)
Slaying ends mailbox vandalism chase
Andale father charged with second-degree murder
December 29, 2000
An Andale teen who was suspected of vandalizing a mailbox was chased down and fatally shot by another teen and his father, authorities said. Stephen Lewick, 16, died Wednesday at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus after the Tuesday night shooting.
Census shows state to keep four districts
Population increases; Legislature to redraw districts
December 29, 2000
The state’s population grew during the past decade, but not enough to give Kansas the fifth congressional district it once had.
Damage exceeds $10 million
ConAgra fire most costly in Kansas
December 29, 2000
The blaze that swept through the Con-Agra Beef Co. meat packing plant this week caused at least $10 million in damages, officials said.
Lawmakers considering AG race
Graves aide, state GOP chairman also may be interested in position
December 29, 2000
Before he even took his seat in the state Senate, David Adkins jumped into the 2002 attorney general’s race. Adkins announced Thursday that he plans to seek the Republican nomination. He is an ally of Gov. Bill Graves, a moderate like Graves and Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall.
Stovall cuts short a political career in its prime
Attorney general likely could have kept same office for life, or run for governor in 2002
December 29, 2000
She could have kept the job she has forever, both her supporters and critics agree. They think she would have been a serious contender for a bigger one.
Kansas radio stations sold
December 29, 2000
Waitt Radio, Inc., of Omaha, Neb., announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to purchase 14 radio stations in central and western Kansas. The stations are currently owned by Goodstar Broadcasting of Wichita.
Pearl Rosenau
December 29, 2000
Wintry weather to ring out the year
December 29, 2000
Continued cold and snow were expected through New Year’s Day, the National Weather Service said. Partly to mostly sunny skies are likely today across the state, with highs ranging from the 20s in the east to near 40 west.
State to open tax-assistance centers
Regional office slated for Wichita, Johnson County
December 29, 2000
The Department of Revenue is planning to open two regional offices to help Kansans with their 2000 state income tax returns. The first office is at the Mill Creek Shopping Center, just west of Pflumm Road on West 62nd Terrace in Shawnee in Johnson County. The second is in Wichita.
On the record
December 29, 2000
Johnson to resign DCDI post
Founding member seeks to avoid conflict of interest
December 29, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Douglas County Commissioner-elect Bob Johnson, one of the founding members of the group that developed the East Hills Business Park, says he will be leaving his development post behind soon.
Church youth leader faces sex charges
Investigators say alleged crimes against teen-age boys took place in 3-year period
December 29, 2000
By Mike Belt A church youth group leader is expected to be formally charged today in Douglas County District Court for alleged sexual abuse of five teen-age boys. The 33-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Thursday by police detectives after evidence was collected from his northwest Lawrence home, said Sgt. Mike Pattrick, police spokesman. The man was booked into the Douglas County Jail.
Station project moves along
Home moved to make way for new fire house in S.E. Lawrence
December 29, 2000
By Mike Belt Progress was made Thursday on the new fire station in southeast Lawrence, at the cost of a small traffic jam. Traffic near the 1900 block of Harper met with the unusual midday sight Thursday of a two-story house moving down the street.
Colombia breaks own kidnapping record
December 29, 2000
Colombia, the kidnapping capital of the world, set a record this year with more than 3,000 abductions, according to a report from a private monitoring group.
S. Korea, U.S. revise troop pact
December 29, 2000
Ending five years of negotiations, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday on new rules giving South Korea more jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers accused of crimes.
Fire victims’ survivors seek justice
December 29, 2000
Relatives and friends of some of the 309 people who perished in a Christmas night fire in a central Chinese city protested Thursday against what they said was official incompetence and neglect following the deadliest fire in China in six years.
Clinton lifts lobbying ban
December 29, 2000
President Clinton on Thursday lifted his ban on former government employees lobbying federal agencies for five years, saying that President-elect Bush’s administration won’t be giving Democratic employees special access anyway.
Budget surplus projections on the rise
December 29, 2000
The projected budget surpluses just keep growing and growing. President Clinton on Thursday estimated a $1.9 trillion bounty over the next decade a figure that he said could eliminate the publicly held federal debt by 2010 if there are only moderate tax cuts and modest increases in spending.
Clinton won’t make last-minute trip to N. Korea
December 29, 2000
Ending more than two months of suspense, President Clinton said Thursday that he will not make a presidential visit to North Korea and is looking to his successor for progress in curbing the communist country’s missile program.
Inmate databases worry rights groups
December 29, 2000
A growing trend to place criminal and prison records on the Internet has civil liberties groups worried that governments might violate privacy safeguards by putting lawbreakers on public display.
Police officer deaths on the rise in 2000
December 29, 2000
More than 150 police officers died in the line of duty in 2000, an increase of 11 percent from the year before, police organizations said Thursday.
Three Auburn players may turn pro
December 29, 2000
Three of the players who sparked Auburn’s offensive resurgence this season are considering leaving early for the NFL.
Wolfpack rallies past Minnesota
December 29, 2000
North Carolina State owned the fourth quarter all season. The Wolfpack extended that to the entire second half to win the Micronpc.com Bowl.
Gladiator,’ ‘Brockovich’ win Las Vegas film awards
December 29, 2000
“Gladiator” received the most prizes five from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. “Erin Brockovich” and its director, Steven Soderbergh, though, received the most prestigious for best picture and best director.
Tina Turner tops teens in total tour take
December 29, 2000
Proving older musicians still have legs in the marketplace, Tina Turner outpaced teen heartthrobs ‘N Sync to generate the most money on the concert circuit in 2000.
Strickland suspended
Wizards’ point guard AWOL
December 29, 2000
Point guard Rod Strickland was suspended Thursday for one game after missing his second practice this week, and did not accompany the Washington Wizards to Miami, where they play the Heat tonight.
Bush taps D.C. insider to lead Defense Department
December 29, 2000
President-elect George W. Bush chose Donald Rumsfeld to be his secretary of defense, unexpectedly summoning a veteran of four Republican administrations back to the Pentagon post he held a generation ago. Bush said Rumsfeld will be “a great secretary of defense again.”
OKC bomber gets wish; judge agrees to drop appeals
December 29, 2000
A federal judge Thursday agreed to let Timothy McVeigh drop all appeals in the Oklahoma City bombing and get a prompt execution date for the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said he will give McVeigh until Jan. 11 to change his mind, after which he will let the U.S. Bureau of Prisons set a date for McVeigh to die by lethal injection.
Some playoff teams scrambling to avoid television blackouts
December 29, 2000
The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints received blackout extensions from the league Thursday and scrambled to sell out their NFL wild-card games and avoid local television blackouts.
Lawrence in crosshairs of reapportionment battle
December 29, 2000
By Joel Mathis Imagine Lawrence sharing a congressman with … Parsons. It could happen, state and Lawrence-area officials say. Census figures released Thursday show Kansas will keep four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. But the boundaries of the four congressional districts are sure to be redrawn and they’re most likely to move in already divided Douglas County, say those in the know about reapportionment.
Tea time
December 29, 2000
Framed by her eye-catching chapeau, Marley Beach, 6, Lawrence, waits patiently for her tea cup to be refilled. Beach was attending the Lawrence Public Library’s Youth Services Holiday Tea Party Thursday morning at the library.
Broncos delay quarterback decision
Frerotte, 4-2 as starter this year, ready to fill in again if Griese is unavailable
December 29, 2000
With Brian Griese’s playing status still uncertain, the Gus Bus is revved up and ready to roll.
UPS follows FedEx in raising rates
December 29, 2000
United Parcel Services, the world’s largest package delivery company, said Thursday it would increase rates effective Feb. 5. The announcement came a day after FedEx Corp. said it would raise its prices.
American Standard, Union Pacific cut jobs
December 29, 2000
The weakening U.S. economy prompted more job cuts Thursday as railroad operator Union Pacific Corp. said it would eliminate 2,000 jobs and American Standard Cos. Inc., the maker of temperature-control and plumbing equipment, announced 1,200 layoffs.
Consumer confidence drops to lowest level in two years
December 29, 2000
Consumer confidence dropped in December to its lowest level in two years, an indication that consumer spending will continue to slow, hinting at future troubles for the economy.
Duke’s Sweet suspended
December 29, 2000
Duke freshman swingman Andre Sweet has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons.
Stetson stuns Southwest Missouri State
December 29, 2000
Ravii Givens scored 26 points as Stetson beat Southwest Missouri State 80-76 on Thursday night.
Montgomery Ward to close out
Sluggish sales to push retail pioneer into bankruptcy
December 29, 2000
Montgomery Ward Inc., the department store chain that helped pioneer American retailing, said Thursday that it was shutting down after more than 125 years in business and would file for bankruptcy. The chain, which has 250 stores and 37,000 employees in 30 states, fell victim to competition from other big retailers and low sales.
TCU trounces Texas Tech, 92-78
December 29, 2000
Derrick Davenport scored 24 points and Greedy Daniels added 20, leading Texas Christian to a 92-78 victory over Texas Tech on Thursday night.
Spirituality
December 29, 2000
Women of Faith attendance surpasses Promise Keepers Hindu nationalists campaign against Christianity Lieberman nomination top religion story
Tech trips Rice, 63-56
December 29, 2000
Plenette Pierson scored 17 points, and Jia Perkins had a key steal and four free throws in the final 2:26 as No. 10 Texas Tech beat Rice 63-56 Thursday night.
Religion briefs
December 29, 2000
Service to feature jazz band Methodist women in Perry to meet Peace service to honor world’s religions Assemblies of God to celebrate Pentecost Dinner, worship service to herald in new year Calvary Temple to begin studying James and Jude Free Methodist to perform King celebration musical
No. 4 Bulldogs cruise, 107-75
Notre Dame tops Southern Cal to remain undefeated
December 29, 2000
Kelly Miller scored 24 points and Deanna Nolan added 22 as No. 4 Georgia stretched its winning streak to eight games with a 107-75 victory over Georgia State on Thursday.
Religion-related retail
Christian outlets see more competition as mainstream stores pick up products
December 29, 2000
WWJD bracelets may not be as popular as they were a few years ago, but the youth fad was a sign of a trend that continues today: the mainstreaming of Christian retail. Americans of every religious stripe learned those letters stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” Now they’re learning about talking vegetables and tales of Armageddon.
Alpha Books publishes ‘Idiot’s Guide’ on Jesus
December 29, 2000
You’ll see them in almost any bookstore, those paperbacks with bright orange borders and titled “The Complete Idiot’s Guide” to any of numerous topics. The latest batch from Alpha Books includes guides to great parties, menopause, pro wrestling, vitamins and minerals, World War I, yoga and … “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Life of Christ.”
Alternative worship
Taize’s contemplative style growing in appeal
December 29, 2000
By Jim Baker Two Lawrence churches have joined together to offer area Christians a popular style of worship known around the world as a Taize service. The service pronounced “tiz-AY” features candlelight, music, responsive Gospel readings, prayer and periods of meditation. Burning incense and displaying Christian icons at the altar also are common during this type of ecumenical service.
Celtics shock Nets
Palacio’s buzzer-beater boosts Boston, 112-111
December 29, 2000
Whatever happens to Milt Palacio in his NBA career, the little-used Boston Celtics guard is always going to be known for one heave against the hapless New Jersey Nets.
Looking back at 2000’s best, worst
December 29, 2000
Wow, the second-to-last column of the year. How penultimate. Time to look back at the year’s best and worst new shows. It’s not easy coming up with the best new show of the year.
Book lists best golf holes
December 29, 2000
George Peper and the editors at Golf Magazine took upon themselves the challenge of identifying the 500 golf holes around the world that own a special place in the game. It’s a challenge that’s both simple everyone knows the 13th hole at Augusta National belongs and impossibly hard.
Sideline
December 29, 2000
Eagles blame dirty turf Stranded Vols finally arrive Vick waffling on next year
Gregory among top 30
December 29, 2000
Kenny Gregory of Kansas is among the 30 top candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, it was announced Thursday.
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
December 29, 2000
Jayhawks ready to hit the road
December 29, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock With just over 21/2 minutes left in Kansas University’s last women’s basketball game, the Jayhawks held a 75-point lead. More than a few fans scratched their heads when they saw two KU starters hobbled guard Jennifer Jackson and forward Jaclyn Johnson report to the scorer’s table to check back into the lopsided game.
Saving salmon
December 29, 2000
Ashcroft is polar opposite of Janet Reno
December 29, 2000
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services Left-wing groups are mighty upset that President-elect Bush has nominated outgoing Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo., to become attorney general of the United States. The reason? Ashcroft is the polar opposite of Janet Reno and her politicized Justice Department.
Stock market just doing its job
December 29, 2000
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Americans quickly come to think of pleasures as entitlements, so as the gaudy economic expansion encounters turbulence, they seem not just stunned but affronted. However, the stock market is simply doing its job, reallocating capital from unproductive to more productive uses. This is, so far, what a soft landing of a high-flying economy looks like.
The re-arming of Japan
December 29, 2000
J-W Editorial No nation should regard military buildups as keys to financial gain. During a recent economic gathering in Japan, a leading businessman frustrated over the problems of dealing with China remarked: “The problem is that we (the Japanese) don’t have a strong enough military. If Japan had real armed forces, the Chinese would not treat us as they do.”
Hurricanes, Gators brawl on Bourbon Street
December 29, 2000
That it would come to this seemed inevitable, as packs of players from Florida and Miami made their way toward each other while sauntering down Bourbon Street late Wednesday evening.
Oops, it’s an imperfect world
December 29, 2000
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe Every year at this time, I make an effort to cleanse my conscience and my slate by offering my own media culpa for the mistakes and misjudgments that found their way into this space. This year however, the entire media is so busy culping, that my own confessions seem rather trivial.
Needy wife, workaholic husband are disastrous combination
December 29, 2000
What do you consider to be the greatest threat to the stability of families today? It would be a phenomenon that every marriage counselor deals with regularly. The scenario involves a vulnerable woman who depends on her husband to meet her emotional needs and a workaholic man who has little time for family responsibilities.