Archive for Saturday, July 22, 2000

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Currency changes result in no change
July 22, 2000
Abe Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton recently got makeovers to thwart high-tech counterfeiters, but it may take awhile for millions of vending machines nationwide to recognize them.
Funeral directors plan for growth
July 22, 2000
By Mark Fagan Journal-World Business Editor Lawrence’s two funeral homes are busy preparing for a bright future. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home Inc. is breathing new life into its 71-year-old home at 601 Ind., with a $400,000 renovation project. Warren-McElwain Mortuary is making minor updates to its home at 120 W. 13th, and last month bought a 3-acre lot on Wakarusa Drive to make room for future expansion.
Business Briefcase
July 22, 2000
Daily Ticker
July 22, 2000
NAFTA a factor in prosperity
July 22, 2000
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate Has NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, caused massive unemployment, and did this tariff-lowering treaty cause what Ross Perot described as a “giant sucking sound” that took American jobs south of the border? In fact, some jobs did go to Mexico, but more jobs were created here.
Old Home Town
July 22, 2000
Too many signs
July 22, 2000
Canine complaint
July 22, 2000
Roger Harsh
July 22, 2000
Carl Stoops
July 22, 2000
Government absolved of blame in cult deaths
July 22, 2000
The blame for the catastrophe at Waco that killed 80 people rests solely with cult leader David Koresh, a former senator said Friday after a 10-month independent investigation. It was the second time in a week that the government was exonerated.
Mokeski facing charges
July 22, 2000
Kansas City Knights basketball coach Paul Mokeski has been charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in this suburb north of Milwaukee.
Lonergan dominates
July 22, 2000
Former Iola High School standout Molly Lonergan picked up three gold medals in the Sunflower State Games track and field competition Friday in Baldwin.
WNBA Roundup
July 22, 2000
Panthers coax White out of retirement
July 22, 2000
Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 13-time Pro Bowl selection Reggie White ended his retirement to play for Carolina.
Senate passage of tax cut sets up veto showdown
July 22, 2000
The Senate passed a Republican bill Friday that would slash income taxes for 50 million married couples. The bill invites a veto confrontation over budget surplus politics with President Clinton as the GOP prepares for its national convention to nominate George W. Bush.
Bonus dangled as driver’s seat lure
School bus drivers in high demand
July 22, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Journal-World Writer Wayne Zachary is looking for more than a few good men and women to drive hulking yellow rigs around Lawrence. With public school classes starting in less than a month, Laidlaw Education Services Inc., formerly Laidlaw Transit, is offering a $300 bonus for people who complete training to become bus drivers on school district routes. The bonus was increased $50 this month to help Laidlaw attract more drivers before classes begin Aug. 18. The company’s big push mirrors efforts of employers nationwide struggling to fill part-time positions.
Family waiting for state help
July 22, 2000
When Gov. Bill Graves announced recently that state receipts were $41.2 million over estimates, Michael and Amy Haught did not celebrate.
Technology takes bite out of food stamp fraud
July 22, 2000
Criminals are still swindling $660 million a year in food stamp benefits from the government, despite the widespread use of electronic debit cards in place of the traditional, easy-to-traffic paper coupons, federal officials say.
City to revisit single-family homes
July 22, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood Journal-World Writer The homes in Centennial Neighborhood were designed for families with one or two cars and children, Arly Allen said. But more of them are being converted to rental homes with four or more college students, at least that many cars and no school-age children. “In Lawrence, single family has been for a number of years under threat, under attack,” said Allen, a Centennial resident. “What we’ve got is a crisis, a quiet crisis.”
N.C. coast proving treacherous
July 22, 2000
The sky is blue, the water inviting. Less apparent, but no less real, is the danger from powerful, unpredictable currents that can drag an unwary or panicking swimmer out to sea.
Firm opts for separation of church and corn flakes
They got spooked with the idea of the Bible in their boxes’
July 22, 2000
Bibles and Cheerios just don’t mix, General Mills announced Friday afternoon. But the public apology from the cereal giant came too late: More than 12 million boxes of cereal containing software versions of the Bible are headed for grocery store shelves nationwide.
Baseball Briefs
July 22, 2000
Suspect in murders ‘convincing’
July 22, 2000
People who knew John E. Robinson Sr. before he became a suspect in five murders say he was active in many community events, although he often left those groups in a lurch by getting into legal trouble.
Sailor to stand trial in murders
July 22, 2000
A former Navy sailor suspected of going from port to port killing women was ordered Friday to stand trial in the first of five prostitute-murder cases against him in the Detroit area.
Convicted teen-agers face life
July 22, 2000
Two teen-agers wept as they were led from the courtroom, knowing they face mandatory life prison sentences for the death of a young couple in a traffic collision that occurred while the teens were fleeing police.
Mural of Harriet Tubman defaced
July 22, 2000
Swastikas and racial epithets were spray-painted onto a mural of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The Harford County Sheriff’s Department had no suspects, and officers were canvassing the area, Lt. Ed Hopkins said.
Couple reunited after 75 years hurt in crash
July 22, 2000
An elderly couple who were married last month, more than 75 years after they first were college sweethearts, were critically injured in a crash this week.
Saturday column
July 22, 2000
By Dolph C. Simons Jr. What does it take to get Kansans excited and enthused about education, specifically higher education? Right now, any level of added interest in education in Kansas revolves around the question of teaching evolution or creation in the state’s public elementary and secondary schools and election of Kansas Board of Education members
Student flees country after rape reported
July 22, 2000
Police say a University of Missouri graduate student with Venezuelan citizenship has fled to that country after allegedly abducting and sexually assaulting a Columbia woman.
Trading deadline deals sometimes haunt teams
July 22, 2000
The deals always sound so good in the morning paper: Hometown team acquires slugger or ace for minor leaguers or unproven players
Dayne signs with Giants
July 22, 2000
Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne signed a five-year, $7.14 million contract with the New York Giants on Friday, opting not to haggle over money so he could report to training camp on time.
U.N. court upholds rape trial verdict
July 22, 2000
War crimes judges Friday upheld a landmark 10-year prison sentence against a Bosnian Croat paramilitary commander convicted of rape and torture for failing to stop a sexual assault by a soldier under his command.
Court postpones ruling on trial for Pinochet
July 22, 2000
The country’s supreme court could decide by the end of the month whether the former dictator should stand trial in the case known as the “caravan of death.”
Final countdown? Park’s missile
July 22, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood Journal-World Writer The Centennial Park missile is under fire again. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has recommended it be removed as part of an overall refurbishing of the park. “We have the new shelter. We have the new playground. We have the new skateboard park,” said advisory board member Alice Ann Johnston. “In going over all of the projects, I think there was a question about the missile, which is sort of in the middle of everything.”
More codes
July 22, 2000
Drivers anywhere in the country could dial 511 to avoid traffic tie-ups and families needing food or shelter could call 211 for help under plans approved by federal regulators Friday. It will be up to local governments and charities to offer the phone services on those numbers. The Federal Communications Commission, guardian of the scarce three-digit phone numbers, set aside the new codes after determining that quick, easy-to-remember access to those services would greatly benefit the public.
Lieutenant governor sets record
July 22, 2000
Gary Sherrer is now the Cal Ripken Jr. of Kansas lieutenant governors. On Friday, Sherrer had been on the job for 1,464 days — one day longer than the four-year term or two, two-year terms for 15 others who held the state’s No. 2 job.
University to begin process
July 22, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer A search committee will be assembled by early next month to begin the process of finding a new director for Kansas University’s Lied Center. Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of fine arts, also said Friday that Frederick Pawlicki, the Lied Center’s operations director, would take over Sept. 5 as interim director.
Father convicted on lesser charges
July 22, 2000
A father who admitted putting antifreeze in his young daughters’ orange juice was acquitted Friday of attempted first-degree murder but was convicted on lesser charges. Donald Paul Ayres, 31, of Culver, was found guilty of two counts each of felony child abuse and endangering a child, a misdemeanor. District Judge Daniel Hebert set sentencing for Sept. 12 and reduced Ayres’ bond to $50,000 from $300,000.
School district gets extra land, but maybe not all the students
July 22, 2000
While the state has ordered land from the Chapman school district to be transferred to the Abilene school district, that doesn’t mean the students will follow.
KU, KSU to share grant
July 22, 2000
Kansas University and Kansas State University on Friday received a $1.8 million grant for joint research into advanced semiconductors. The grant will allow the physics departments at both universities to undertake the “Kansas Advanced Semiconductor Project.” The three-year research project aims to establish Kansas as a center of expertise in advanced semiconductor devices.
Traffic stop starts
July 22, 2000
By Joel Mathis Journal-World Writer A suspected drug dealer escaped Thursday night from a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy, then took a family’s vehicle at gunpoint after a car crash in Shawnee County. Investigators were still searching Friday night for an 18-year-old Topeka man suspected of driving a car in which the deputy found a handgun, cash and cocaine during a traffic stop west of Lawrence.
Scientists prepare to map nation’s deepest lake
July 22, 2000
Using the same deep-sea technology treasure hunters use to find Spanish galleons, scientists plan to map Crater Lake in hopes of unlocking the secrets of the volcano that formed it. On Monday, a boat equipped with echo-sounding equipment will start sending its pings into the cobalt-blue waters of the nation’s deepest and clearest lake, which formed from the caldera left after 12,000-foot Mount Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago.
Legislators unpack safety net
State obliged to pay adoption agency’s debts, lawmakers say
July 22, 2000
By Dave Ranney Journal-World Writer A Lawrence legislator Friday said the state has an obligation to see that its former adoption contractor’s bills are paid in full. “We cannot, in good conscience, allow the system we’ve put in place to care for these kids to fail,” said Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence. “The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services should ask the Legislature for the funds because if they do, I think they’ll be granted.
Accused cigarette smugglers linked to Mideast terrorists
July 22, 2000
Federal authorities arrested 18 people Friday and charged them with smuggling cigarettes out of North Carolina to raise money for the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israel offers to share control of Jerusalem
July 22, 2000
The United States is promoting an Israeli-initiated proposal to recognize Palestinian administrative control over Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem in a bid to clear the most stubborn obstacle to a Camp David peace agreement. An Israeli Cabinet officer said in Jerusalem that the proposal conveyed the “characteristic” of Palestinian sovereignty in the eastern area of the contested city — a long-cherished Palestinian goal.
Cheney appears to be veepstakes winner
July 22, 2000
Former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney emerged Friday as the leading candidate to be George W. Bush’s running mate, with the Texas governor turning to a respected Washington insider in the final days of his search, two highly placed GOP officials said.
Spain dominates singles
United States falls behind 2-0 at Davis Cup
July 22, 2000
Spain’s Alex Corretja and Albert Costa swept the Davis Cup singles Friday against a second-tier U.S. team to launch Spain’s bid to reach the finals for the first time in 33 years
Health Briefs
July 22, 2000
No prescription necessary? Easier to comb for criminals Sense of well-being ages well Ovarian tissue transplanted
Sports Briefs
July 22, 2000
Races may inspire action
Officials hope registered voters make good on promise
July 22, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Journal-World Writer Voter turnout in Douglas County is usually among the state’s lowest, and it’s hard to predict what this year’s elections will hold. The county clerk’s office had signed up 45,771 registered voters as of Monday’s primary election deadline. But if history is any indicator, only about 11,000 will turn out to vote in the Aug. 1 primary. The number of registered voters was down slightly from 1996 primary election totals. Then, the county counted 46,522 registered voters.
Anniversaries
July 22, 2000
4-H News
July 22, 2000
Scouting news
July 22, 2000
Club news
July 22, 2000
Shows poised to split the sexes
Tune In
July 22, 2000
If the cable network programming is any indication, America has become a nation where men and women inhabit separate rooms watching very different TV shows. And if this weekend’s new offerings from USA and Lifetime are any barometer, perhaps men and women reside on different planets.
Today in History
July 22, 2000
* On July 22, 1942, gasoline rationing involving the use of coupons began along the Atlantic seaboard.
12-year-old brags of stealing more than 50 cars
July 22, 2000
A 12-year-old boy with a fondness for Honda Accords told detectives he’s stolen more than 50 cars over the last several years. The detectives are inclined to believe him.
Dot-com retailer clearance starts
Online merchants selling their companies at sharp discounts
July 22, 2000
Internet retailing companies are being unloaded at fire-sale prices. With their bank accounts dwindling almost as rapidly as their stock prices, some online merchants are selling their companies at sharp discounts that would have been inconceivable just a year ago. The latest example: German multimedia giant Bertelsmann AG said Thursday that it would buy CDNow Inc. for $117 million an 80 percent markdown from the online music retailer’s value in its 1998 initial public offering.
Churches move toward change at glacial speed
July 22, 2000
By Geneva Overholser Washington Post Writers Group For the purposes of this column, take any religious organization, and add any topic involving sex. The combination will likely produce a great deal more heat than light. Which is a shame, because we could surely use more moral leadership on sexuality.
Perot deserves credit on budget
July 22, 2000
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate Unlike most of my brothers and sisters in the press corps, I wish to say some positive things about Ross Perot, whose era ended officially this July. The Perot “era” began on Feb. 20, 1992, when the maverick Texas billionaire, standing at zero in the public opinion polls, appeared on the talk show of Larry King where Perot became the first serious candidate to offer himself for a presidential draft on cable television.
Luther Services
July 22, 2000
Colombia may get U.S. aid despite poor rights record
July 22, 2000
For Colombia to get fresh U.S. drug-fighting aid, President Clinton likely will have to exempt the country from fine print that ties the money to improvements in its poor human rights record.
Peruvians fashion homemade gas masks
July 22, 2000
Recycling plastic bottles is the newest rage in this Andean capital — not to protect the environment, but to protect against choking tear gas.
Pentagon defends policy on gays
July 22, 2000
The military’s much-criticized policy on homosexuals in uniform is working, but training must be improved to eliminate anti-gay behavior like the abuse that led to a soldier’s murder in Kentucky last year, the Defense Department said Friday.
Military News
July 22, 2000
Horoscopes
July 22, 2000
Online music fest
July 22, 2000
Brian Bischof plans to go to a massive music festival this weekend without wading through throngs of fans and standing in line to use portable toilets.
City Police Blotter
July 22, 2000
People, Faces & Things
July 22, 2000
Federal law puts end to Indian practice
July 22, 2000
Every spring for centuries, Hopi Indians gathered fledgling golden eagles from nests perched on the red-hued cliffs of what is now northeastern Arizona and used them in religious ceremonies.
British spies examine own shortcomings
July 22, 2000
They exposed every Nazi spy operating in Britain during World War II, inspired the creation of James Bond and once could boast of showing upstarts like America’s CIA how it’s done.
Cuba trade, travel still a long way from reality
July 22, 2000
Congress is still a long way from from allowing U.S. producers to ship food and medicine to Cuba, but two midwestern Republicans, Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri and Rep. Jerry Moran of Kansas, helped score key victories this week.
Engagements
July 22, 2000
Pokemon’ returns with double feature
July 22, 2000
If Salvador Dali, Heironymous Bosch and the folks who did “My Little Pony” had launched a video game software firm, the results may have resembled the frightening assemblage of creatures populating “Pokemon the Movie 2000.”
Recluse
Identifying the brown recluse spider
July 22, 2000
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer Mmm, summertime. The season signals the arrival of baseball, apple pie and barbecues. Oh, and don’t forget brown recluse spiders — whose venom can be deadly. The dangerous house guests are roaming through Lawrence area residences this summer. While you sleep, the tiny terrors wander over and under beds, through kitchens and bathrooms searching for prey. When the sun rises, they seek shelter in closets, behind cabinets, underneath couches and in clothes and shoes — anywhere dark and uninhabited.
Hawk Squad wins Sunflower opener
July 22, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Journal-World Sports Writer Kristin Geoffroy has a whole new appreciation for Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington.
U.S. team advances to tournament semis
July 22, 2000
Kansas’ Nick Collison had nine points and seven rebounds in the United States’ 83-78 win over Argentina.
Royals blank Detroit
July 22, 2000
Dan Reichert tossed his first career shutout in Kansas City’s 4-0 victory over the Tigers. Confidence in his sinking fastball made all the difference.
Stevenson follows dad’s dream to NBA
July 22, 2000
DeShawn Stevenson’s father was a standout high school athlete whose dream was to make it to the pros.
Area Briefs
July 22, 2000
NFL Briefs
July 22, 2000
Great Bend’s hail damage $20 million and counting
July 22, 2000
Business is booming in Great Bend — for insurance adjusters, contractors, auto body shops and anyone else whose services might be needed in the wake of a fierce hailstorm.
U.S. report casts doubt on Serb murder charges
July 22, 2000
The murder trial of a Serb man and his two sons, accused of killing an ethnic Albanian in a shootout in Kosovo, took a dramatic turn Friday when the trial judge said American troops confirmed they killed two people at the scene that day.
News Briefs
July 22, 2000
Seven killed in crash of tour helicopter Earthquakes jolt Tokyo area Navy takes battle of Vieques to Web
Rebels win two at World Series
July 22, 2000
Kansas Rebels Under 12 baseball team went 2-1 at the USSSA World Series on Friday.
Mets have trade if Larkin approves
July 22, 2000
The New York Mets would like to acquire Barry Larkin for the rest of the season because of an injury to Rey Ordonez.
Simien shines at summer camps
KU recruit from Leavenworth makes all-tourney team in Vegas
July 22, 2000
By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor Leavenworth High senior Wayne Simien was named to the all-tourney team at Las Vegas’ Big Time AAU Tourney.
Deal wins hammer again
July 22, 2000
`Lance Deal, the most prolific hammer thrower in the United States over the past decade, is ending his career in style. Deal’s style was nearly immaculate Friday night as he won the hammer throw for the second straight time in the U.S. Olympic trials.
KU honor roll
July 22, 2000
Around & About
July 22, 2000
Clinton expresses regret over Marine’s attack on Japanese girl
July 22, 2000
President Clinton told Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori on Saturday that a recent attack on a local girl by a U.S. Marine “hurt me in the heart,” a Japanese official said.
Trial won’t rewrite history
July 22, 2000
With the colonies in turmoil, George Washington led America’s independence movement in the 1770s. But was his victory a triumph or treason?
NL Roundup
July 22, 2000
Additional guests at family vacation cause some friction
July 22, 2000
G-8 leaders bask in prosperity
July 22, 2000
World leaders joining President Clinton for his final summit of wealthy industrial nations patted themselves on the back Friday for the robust global economy but fretted that a huge runup in oil prices could spoil the good times.
Raiders sweep Blue Valley
July 22, 2000
By Jason Franchuk Journal-World Sports Writer Judging by the final outcomes, it was easy to determine which player made the biggest impact Friday in the Lawrence Raiders’ doubleheader sweep of Blue Valley.
It’s an opportunity
July 22, 2000
Journal-World Editorial Faced with the exit of its third top administrator, the Lawrence school board is trying to look on the bright side. It’s an opportunity, Board President Austin Turney, said following the announcement that Assistant Supt. Nettie Collins-Hart had accepted a job in North Carolina and will leave the Lawrence district next month.
Falun Gong anniversary raises tension
July 22, 2000
State media on Friday accused followers of the Falun Gong meditation sect of violence and murder, and labeled its founder an agent of anti-China forces abroad.
AL Roundup
July 22, 2000
Tennessee native leads Long Drive
July 22, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Journal-World Sports Writer Bart Hartsell smashed a drive a little over 359 yards on Friday.
British Open
Woods Wows ‘em
July 22, 2000
Tiger Woods shot a second-round 66 for a three-shot lead in the British Open. On a narrow strip of sun-baked turf between the 17th green and the road behind it, Tiger Woods was finally where everyone else needed him to be. In trouble.