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Alice Marie LaFrenz
July 17, 2000
Clinton describes ‘tense’ atmosphere
Tension over talks measured in U.S., Israel
July 17, 2000
President Clinton carried his Middle East summit talks into a sixth day Sunday focused on the contentious issues that separate Israel and the Palestinians in their reluctant peacemaking.
City Police Blotter
July 17, 2000
State Briefs
July 17, 2000
Voter registration deadline looms
Primary election closing in
July 17, 2000
By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer Anyone hoping to vote Aug. 1 in this year’s primary election for national, state and county offices must register today. Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said her main office in the county courthouse, 1100 Mass., will stay open until 9 p.m. to accommodate procrastinators.
Police suspect heat in deaths of elderly
July 17, 2000
A man and a woman in their 80s found dead in their home may have succumbed to the heat, authorities said. Lela A. Gaither, 82, and Russell Michaels, 85, were found Thursday morning at their home. Police said Saturday that Wednesday’s temperatures in the 90s may have contributed to the deaths.
Couple injured in city shooting
July 17, 2000
By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer An altercation Saturday night at a north Lawrence bar allegedly led to an early morning shooting Sunday that sent a Lawrence couple to the hospital. Royce Garner, 24, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after being shot four times in the legs, Lawrence Police Lt. Dan Affalter said. Garner’s girlfriend, Carmen Turner, who Affalter said was in her early 20s, was shot once in the hand.
Transferred without headline (JewelryStoreHostages)
July 17, 2000
Gunmen who held six people hostage in a botched jewelry store heist released their three remaining captives and were arrested Sunday, authorities said. The three hostages — two men and a woman — and the two gunmen walked out of the shop about 11 a.m. All of the hostages were unharmed, authorities said.
American tradition melting away
Ice cream men’ work to preserve a summer favorite
July 17, 2000
By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer Looping slowly through neighborhoods with festive circus music jangling, the ice cream truck has a deliciously simple meaning: Summer has arrived and children’s prayers have been answered. The ice cream truck — a yellow van with a colorful picture menu on its side and freezers within — pulls to the curb as a trio of girls waves frantically to catch the ice cream man’s attention.
Groundbreaking ceremony held for memorial to TWA Flight 800
July 17, 2000
Families and friends of the victims of the TWA Flight 800 explosion broke ground for a new memorial Sunday on the Long Island shore not far from where the plane went down four years ago killing all 230 people on board.
Cyber-homework redefining classrooms
Statistics professor one of many to use technology to enhance lectures
July 17, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer It would be difficult for a student to explain how the dog ate homework assigned by Kansas University professor Satya Mandal. One of various KU professors intent on redesigning teaching through use of the computer and Internet, Mandal has students doing homework online for his summer elementary statistics class. Call them cyber-assignments.
Disabilities don’t derail dreams
He is a success story for the whole community’
July 17, 2000
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer Barbara Grandstaff vividly remembers July 15, 1972. For 30 painful and grueling hours, she stared death in the face as she went through child labor at Newman Memorial Hospital in Emporia. Her unborn child was turned over and stuck in her uterus. Doctors expected both she and the child to die.
Company OKs more Internet domain names
July 17, 2000
The private corporation overseeing changes on the Internet approved the creation Sunday of the first new top-level domain names on the computer network since the 1980s. The decision, made at a conference in Japan by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, will bring additions to existing Web site suffixes such as “.com” and “.org.” But how many more suffixes or how they will be used remains to be worked out.
How will Kansas look when it’s on the money?
July 17, 2000
By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer Money talks, and Kansans want the state quarter to make a unique statement about their home on the range. “I don’t want it to have wheat, steers or a Jayhawk because they’re stereotypical Kansas things,” said Ilka Iwanczuk, a Kansas University student. A 10-year U.S. Mint program already has altered the quarter’s appearance eight times since January 1999 each change honoring one of the 50 states in the order it joined the Union.
City to discuss electric rates
Lawrence City Commission
July 17, 2000
Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving a resolution stating the city is opposed to increases to KPL electric rates in order to lower rates for customers of Kansas Gas and Electric. The resolution also would ask that the Kansas Corporation Commission take an active role in the ongoing rate discussions and that area state legislators advocate on behalf of Lawrence residents.
Mother charged over dead battery
July 17, 2000
Lacey Rossini was voted as having the best smile by her eighth-grade classmates, says friend Laura Larson. “And they voted us the two cutest friends,” said Laura. “We were best friends.” The honors were posthumous. The 13-year-old was found dead at her home on Feb. 17, her pacemaker silent with a battery long past due for replacement.
Female bishop returns to congregation
July 17, 2000
Vashti McKenzie stood on the front step of Payne Memorial AME Church and pointed to the “seeds” that she has planted during her 10 years as pastor of the inner city congregation.
Extreme sport going mainstream at ski resorts
July 17, 2000
The latest fad for escaping the summer doldrums at ski resorts is not for the timid. It involves racing down steep grassy slopes on something that looks like a long skateboard with shock absorbers and overgrown wheels jutting from the sides. It’s called mountainboarding, the latest thrill-seeking experience for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Former KU vaulter falls short
Manson defeated in jump-off at Trials; Johnson wins
July 17, 2000
It was close, but no cigar again for former Kansas University pole vaulter Pat Manson at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Manson, who placed fourth in the 1996 Trials, missing the Olympic Games by one spot, placed fifth in the pole vault at the 2000 Trials, held Sunday.
JFK Jr. anniversary marked quietly
July 17, 2000
A small driftwood memorial was built on the Vineyard’s Philbin Beach, which is closest to the area where Kennedy’s single-engine plane went down. But aside from the simple wooden cross, which bore only the words: “John, Carolyn and Lauren,” little was done to publicly recognize the tragic anniversary.
GOP leaders veto idea for universal coverage
July 17, 2000
GOP leaders in the House and Senate said they are willing to work with President Clinton to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare but will not accept a government-run plan that covers everybody, as Clinton demands.
Johnson hospitalized for irregular heartbeat
July 17, 2000
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson was hospitalized Sunday after experiencing dizziness caused by an irregular heartbeat.
Senators call for end to Cuba sanctions
July 17, 2000
After a visit to Cuba that included a 10-hour meeting with President Fidel Castro, three U.S. senators called for improved relations between the two countries and an end to American trade sanctions.
Security concerns halt U.N. work in southern Iraq
July 17, 2000
The United Nations has suspended the work of its international observers in southern Iraq for security reasons, the U.N. spokesman for the oil-for-food program in Iraq said Sunday.
MLB Briefs
July 17, 2000
Kansas uses snakes to educate youngsters
July 17, 2000
Hiss at Gary Bliss and he might think you are a friend. Especially if you can rattle too. Bliss is an avid rattlesnake man from hunting to caretaking. Bliss is in rapture with the rattler.
Manhattan sweeps Lawrence’s Raiders
July 17, 2000
Manhattan swept Lawrence’s Raiders in an American Legion baseball doubleheader Sunday, taking the first game, 6-5, in eight innings and the second game, 5-2.
U.S. Defeats Norway, 1-0
July 17, 2000
Tiffeny Milbrett scored 14 minutes into the second half, and the U.S. women’s team beat Norway 1-0 Sunday in the opening game of the DFB Jubilee Tournament.
WNBA seeking ‘showcase’ status
League hopes tonight’s All-Star Game is step in right direction
July 17, 2000
Phoenix is hosting the second WNBA All-Star Game, which will be televised by ESPN. “Our hope for the long term is that this will become a signature event for us, much as with other sports like baseball, the NBA, the NHL All-Star game,” WNBA president Val Ackerman said. “We look for this to be a showcase.”
Growing returns, shrinking interest
July 17, 2000
After years of pitiful returns, interest rates on certificates of deposit have crept back up to a 5-year high. Banks are trumpeting their return in newspaper ads and branch windows. That’s great for retirees who depend on ultra-safe interest income, but other investors could hardly care less. “I made 40 percent last year on my investments,” said Hudson resident Barbara Perkins, a 54-year-old occupational therapist who began investing seriously for retirement two years ago with the help of an adviser. “Why would I bother with a 7 percent CD?”
Site Seeing
July 17, 2000
Check out these internet sites for 401(k) tips, financial aid information and just plain old good reading.
Highway costs
July 17, 2000
Water quality
July 17, 2000
No humor in father’s passing
July 17, 2000
By Tony Kornheiser Creators Syndicate This is the column I never wanted to write. My father, Ira James Kornheiser, died on July 4, a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. People ask me if it was sudden and unexpected. I tell them it is always sudden. One minute, you’re on the phone with him, talking about how your air conditioner conked out, and the next time the phone rings, it’s your aunt calling from Florida saying, “He’s gone.”
Old Home Town
July 17, 2000
French resistance loses battle against globalization
July 17, 2000
By Geneva Overholser Washington Post Writers Group If the forces opposing globalization have a capital, this is it, for France talks that talk better than any nation in the world. Still, a couple of weeks’ visit exposes an interesting contradiction: Whatever they may be saying, the French are walking a very globalist walk.
Gore needs Gephardt on ticket
Missourian would be a big addition
July 17, 2000
By Sandy Grady Philadelphia Daily News It’s hardly an earth-shaking scoop that Al Gore’s in trouble. Al’s 2000 campaign has zero traction. He’s running like a man wearing snowshoes in quicksand. Bad enough that Gore’s losing battleground states to George W. Bush. Gore even bores Democrats over half say they’re underwhelmed. Every week he reinvents himself. He’s still Sominex Al.
What’s new
July 17, 2000
Here are some handy new gadgets, from a camera you can swallow, to portable e-books, to the most comfortable computer chair ever.
Net arrives at political conventions
July 17, 2000
“Honey,” the woman nudges her husband at the computer terminal. “If you point the mouse over there we can see Aunt Betty at the Republican convention.” This, it seems, is the future of political viewing — Internet style. Or at least it’s part of the future, a small slice of a very large bandwidth that can transmit an endless stream of information — even a 360-degree camera where users choose the viewing angle.
High-tech gadgets changing the way many people camp
July 17, 2000
So much for getting away from it all: Satellite dishes, computers, cell phones and other high-tech gadgets are becoming the norm at many campgrounds. It’s gotten to the point where “roughing it” means having to pay roaming charges to call home. “My wife is roughing it now,” jokes Dave Harrington, a retired welding supplier who parked his decked-out RV and satellite dish at Chain o’ Lakes State Park in northern Illinois.
Business bits
July 17, 2000
Hanging up
Do you need to take a course in cell-phone etiquette?
July 17, 2000
By Jim Baker Journal-World Writer They’re everywhere — people talking on cell phones. From hushed theaters to packed bars to quiet, cozy restaurants, it’s a nonstop gabfest. Unfortunately, the technology that allows us to always be in touch with friends, family and co-workers can be both a blessing and a curse.
Hot listen: Radio broadcasts via Internet are growing
Web Winners
July 17, 2000
Internet radio — which makes live and recorded audio from all over the world available via Web sites — is a growing phenomenon. It allows anyone with a computer to tune to a broadcast radio station on the other side of the world. We searched for some of the best places to tap Internet radio and came up with these sites.
Lil’ Kim comes into her own
July 17, 2000
When the little girl with the big, bad mouth forced her way into the hip-hop arena as the sole female member of junior M.A.F.I.A., few were ready. Lil’ Kim represented the female hustle, period. There was no sugar-coating, no innuendo — and no apologies.
Discount stores undercut Tokyo tradition
July 17, 2000
Stocked with notebooks and pens, magic markers and files, Junzo Wakita’s tiny shop in downtown Tokyo has just about everything you’d need in a stationery store. All that’s missing are the customers.
Readers offer tips to keep felines out of the garden
July 17, 2000
Horoscopes
July 17, 2000
Opposite’ may be last teen drama
Tune In
July 17, 2000
Let’s hope ‘Opposite Sex’ is the last teen drama. The agony never ends at the Fox network. A season that began with such meteoric misfires as “Action,” “Harsh Realm,” “Ryan Caufield: Year One,” “Time of Your Life,” “Ally,” “Get Real,” and the never-seen “Manchester Prep,” peters out in pathetic fashion with the already-postponed hour of teen antics, “Opposite Sex” (7 p.m., Fox).
Elections bring out SS ‘crisis’
Personal Finance
July 17, 2000
By Jane Bryan Quinn Personal Finance In the midst of the Social Security debates, here’s the first thing you have to know. Social Security is not in some form of terminal crisis. It’s a serious challenge but not a sinking ship. Young people won’t be left empty-handed unless they vote to let that happen. The problems are fixable, with incremental change in benefits, taxes and, eventually, borrowing.
Area Briefs
July 17, 2000
$50 million pledged for Alzheimer’s research
July 17, 2000
Federal researchers will get an additional $50 million over the next five years for research into prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including the potential for a vaccine, the White House said Sunday.
Bush brushes aside right wing on vice president choice
July 17, 2000
George W. Bush said Sunday that his vice presidential selection would be based on factors other than the candidates’ views on abortion, despite the urging of conservative Christians that he pick an anti-abortion running mate.
News Briefs
July 17, 2000
MLB Roundup
July 17, 2000
Tension over talks measured in U.S., Israel
Hard-line Israelis protest
July 17, 2000
Chanting “The country must not be lost,” at least 100,000 right-wing protesters massed in Tel Aviv on Sunday to send a strong and personal message to Prime Minister Ehud Barak that his people won’t accept broad concessions to the Palestinians.
Dreger’s pair of wins paces Aquahawks
July 17, 2000
By Jason Franchuk Journal-World Sports Writer Lawrence High grad Susan Dreger won the 100- and 400-meter freestyle events during the Roger Hill Invitational, capping a four-win weekend.
Sosa sparkles as Cubs shine
July 17, 2000
Chicago slugger Sammy Sosa blasted two, two-run home runs as the Cubs toppled Kansas City, 10-7. Sosa hit a pair of two-run home runs Sunday night, passing Joe DiMaggio on the career list and leading the Chicago Cubs past the Kansas City Royals 10-7.
Down on the farm
July 17, 2000
Journal-World Editorial The old song asks how people can be kept “down on the farm” after they have seen the merits and conveniences of urban life. A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows, to nobody’s surprise, that concept is as active and viable as ever, despite a few lapses here and there.
Antique hunters find treasure at fund-raiser
July 17, 2000
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer When Pattie Johnston’s family moved to a farm north of Lawrence in the 1950s, her mother gave her a pottery vase to use in the garden or as a toy. She’s kept the item for 50 years and has always been curious about its history. Sunday at the “Discover Your Treasures” fund-raiser at Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass., she discovered the answer.
Meridan resident preserves smithy
July 17, 2000
Jim Bevan enjoys teaching others about blacksmithing. In Jim Bevan’s dusty place of business in this small Kansas town, time seems to stand still. Which is just the way he likes it. Bevan runs something out of the past: a smithy.
Students, instructors get mammoth lesson in Pratt
July 17, 2000
It’s been an outdoor classroom for students of all ages and from all walks of life. But no one probably has learned as much from the Pratt Mammoth Dig in June than the “instructors” themselves. Greg Liggett, assistant director of Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, returned from the dig with enough research material for many years to come.
Falcons’ Chandler, Anderson healthy
July 17, 2000
While everyone focuses on the return of running back Jamal Anderson, a healthy Chris Chandler might be just as important if the Atlanta Falcons are to be playoff contenders.
NCAA to hammer Minnesota
July 17, 2000
The University of Minnesota has entered the homestretch in its long ordeal with the NCAA. A sure sign that judgment day for the men’s basketball program is fast approaching: The U officially has begun to beg for mercy.
Efficient Andretti first in Toronto
July 17, 2000
Patience and a great pit stop proved pivotal for Michael Andretti at Sunday’s Molson Indy.
Roadwork Ahead
July 17, 2000
The following projects will affect traffic this week in Lawrence.
D.C. license plates represent battle cry
July 17, 2000
It’s been centuries since patriotic colonists campaigned against the tyranny of taxation without representation. But a modern day revolt in the nation’s capital is reviving the catch phrase in hopes of educating Americans about residents’ political status.
Armstrong stretches Tour lead
July 17, 2000
Lance Armstrong pushed his advantage over Jan Ullrich to 7:26 during the 15th stage. The defending champion proved imperious in the mountains again, stretching his lead in cycling’s showcase event by 50 percent on a day when Italy’s Marco Pantani captured the 15th stage.
Joyner-Kersee sees Olympic bid slip away
July 17, 2000
Marion Jones qualified in the long jump during the U.S. Olympic trials, but Jackie Joyner-Kersee came up short.
Financial aid abounds for students
July 17, 2000
With the wide variety of financial aid programs available, “if a student wants to go to college badly enough, they can do it,” said James M. Patton, director of student financial assistance at the University of Southern Indiana.
Fears cropping up in heart of tobacco country
July 17, 2000
Motorists speeding through on their way to the Emerald Isle beach have to share the highway with farm wagons hauling green tobacco leaves. Tobacco farms line the road, new cars in their driveways and each farmhouse accompanied by a row of curing barns. Out back, equipment yards hold expensive tractors, sprayers and harvesting equipment, many bought with borrowed money.
Ninth-grade issue
July 17, 2000
People, Faces & Things
July 17, 2000