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Bledsoe sentencing delayed
June 23, 2000
Sentencing in the murder case has been postponed because witnesses weren’t contacted to attend. Another hearing in the Floyd S. Bledsoe case came and went Thursday, not that residents in this small town seemed to notice.
Waco testimony turns to tear-gassing
June 23, 2000
A retired assistant FBI director testified Thursday that agents went beyond orders when they used tanks to ram the Branch Davidian compound.
Pilot error ruled cause of crash for JKF Jr.
June 23, 2000
Federal investigators have concluded pilot error caused the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and his sister-in-law, NBC News reported Thursday.
Area Briefs
June 23, 2000
Cross-country taxi trip ends in arrest
June 23, 2000
A deputy who stopped a taxi on Interstate 70 couldn’t help but wonder: What was a California cab doing in the middle of Kansas?
Drawing lines
June 23, 2000
Disruptive passenger forces KCI landing
June 23, 2000
A Las Vegas-bound Southwest Airlines flight from Columbus, Ohio, made an unscheduled stop in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday night so police could arrest a disruptive passenger.
A new search
June 23, 2000
It’s better to continue the search than accept less than the best candidate to lead the new Dole Center at Kansas University.
State brief
June 23, 2000
Area briefs
June 23, 2000
LHS reunion scheduled for end of month Ottawa antiques mall to offer free appraisals
Bus company appeals rebuke
June 23, 2000
By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer The bus company’s appeal says the Federal Transit Administration encourages cities to choose local businesses.
Sunflower School picks new principal
June 23, 2000
By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer A committee of Sunflower School teachers and parents Thursday chose Jill Smith of Paola as the school’s new principal.
Police work to identify body found in river
June 23, 2000
By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer Sheriff’s detectives have received 15 tips of people missing from the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas.
Displaced diamonds replaced
June 23, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Journal-World Writer A grassy outfield has been replaced by a dirt floor and 41,000-square-foot metal building.
Leon Stevenson
June 23, 2000
More charges filed in death of 13-year-old
June 23, 2000
By Joel Mathis Journal-World Writer A county prosecutor says new evidence prompted him to file new charges in the Cody Back case.
Regents pick new chairman
June 23, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer The Kansas Board of Regents tapped Johnson County businessman Clay Blair III to be its next chairman during board elections Thursday.
Blotter
June 23, 2000
Rate equalization jolts universities
June 23, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer A proposed electricity rate equalization plan would cost Kansas University an extra $1 million annually, regents are told.
Genetic scientists bite back at mosquito
June 23, 2000
Although a swift slap is the common defense against mosquitoes, scientists are now beginning to disarm the little zingers via genetic engineering.
Girl’s letter to Putin brings harsh reply
June 23, 2000
Grammatical errors were considered so insulting to the Russian president that a writer lost her chance at medical school.
Brazil’s gun ban triggers backlash
June 23, 2000
Marco Aurelio Sprovieri is the owner of one of Sao Paulo’s largest gun stores and cannot sell firearms.
Laundering list names 15 nations
June 23, 2000
A high-level international task force on Thursday placed 15 countries, including Russia and Israel, on a “black list” of nations suspected of failing to cooperate in the fight against money laundering.
Resident takes a shine to customers’ shoes
Old-time occupation passed to another generation at Lawrence bank
June 23, 2000
By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer University National Bank has offered complimentary shoeshines to its customers since 1994. After its last shoeshiner retired, a young Lawrence woman took over the stand.
Stricter limits on jobs for teens proposed
June 23, 2000
The Clinton administration says it will lend its support to legislation that would more strictly limit when American teen-agers can work in agricultural and peddling jobs.
Gonorrhea rates in U.S. climbing
June 23, 2000
Gonorrhea climbed 9 percent in the United States in 1998 after 12 straight years of decline, the government reported Thursday.
Foreign medals approved for Korea vets
June 23, 2000
The medals will be issued by the South Korean government as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war.
Expos release veteran catcher
June 23, 2000
Catcher Charlie O’Brien was released Thursday by the Montreal Expos, who activated Lenny Webster from the 15-day disabled list.
MLB Briefs
June 23, 2000
Bush backs killer’s death
June 23, 2000
George W. Bush said he was convinced justice was served with Thursday’s execution. Gary Graham, subject of the most contentious Texas death penalty case since Gov. George W. Bush began running for president, was executed Thursday night for a 1981 murder he said he did not commit.
Pump prices puzzle president
June 23, 2000
With gasoline and crude prices soaring, President Clinton expressed concern Thursday that high world oil prices of more than $30 a barrel will “rifle throughout the economy” if not contained.
Kansas lands commitment from Spivey
June 23, 2000
DeShawn Spivey, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound defensive end from Kansas City Washington High, has given an early verbal commitment to Kansas University’s football team.
WNBA Roundup
June 23, 2000
Me, Myself and Irene’ is crude, often uproarious
June 23, 2000
The newfound Kings of Raunch, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, return with another Jim Carrey movie that makes their “Dumb and Dumber” seem like “Hamlet.”
Contrived pop loses its fizz
June 23, 2000
How anemic is contemporary pop music? In three different shows, we get slick corporate hucksterism; blatant, plastic imitation; and, to top it off, a duet with the dead.
Diver Rojohn doesn’t qualify for Olympics
June 23, 2000
Former Kansas University diver Michelle Rojohn just missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympics team late Wednesday night.
Many northern Kansas farmers give up on wheat crop
June 23, 2000
Farmers are reporting yields as low as 12 or 15 bushels per acre in northern Kansas.
Microsoft unveils personal Internet
June 23, 2000
Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates on Thursday unveiled an ambitious effort to transform his company’s software products into Internet-based personal services
Deportation unlikely for kicker Janikowski
June 23, 2000
AT&T wins cable access case
June 23, 2000
Handing an important victory to AT&T Corp., a federal appeals court Thursday ruled that the city of Portland, Ore., cannot force the company to open its cable network to competing Internet service providers.
Bible guide has grown by leaps
Testaments
June 23, 2000
Halley’s commentary became a Bible handbook that won astronomical success.
KC’s Moon to retire after 2000
June 23, 2000
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Warren Moon plans to make this season his last in the NFL, saying he’s accomplished everything he hoped for in his 22-year career except winning an NFL championship.
Belcher, Angels stop Royals, 4-3
June 23, 2000
Tim Belcher limited Kansas City to one hit in the first six innings, leading Anaheim to a 4-3 victory Thursday night, his first win in eight career decisions against the Royals.
Court strikes porn shield
June 23, 2000
The Child Online Protection Act unfairly restricts free-speech rights, an appellate court ruled Thursday.
Protesters stage raucous rally
June 23, 2000
Police were able to keep outbursts to a minimum as both supporters and opponents of the execution waited.
Prehistoric reptile climbs bird family tree
June 23, 2000
Fossils suggest that birds originated before the dinosaur era.
New briefs
June 23, 2000
Lightning hits plane; 42 killed in crash Buffet to have polyps removed Flight diverted by scorpion sting
Naree wins battle of Wongluekiets
June 23, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Journal-World Sports Writer Naree Song Wongluekiet fired an even-par 72 on the final day and finished one stroke ahead of her sister, Aree.
6NEWS reports on easing pain with acupuncture
June 23, 2000
Tune in tonight for part two in the health series, “Ancient Alternatives.”
Randall expects Stevenson to be taken in first round
June 23, 2000
By Gary Bedore Journal-World Assistant Sports Editor NBA scout Mark Randall projects DeShawn Stevenson as a first-round pick on “potential alone.” He likes what the 6-foot-5 former Kansas University signee brings to next Wednesday’s NBA Draft table in Minneapolis.
Richard Thompson
June 23, 2000
Wuerffel working his way back to NFL
June 23, 2000
Danny Wuerffel hopes to prove himself in Sunday’s World Bowl and follow two other quarterbacks who made their marks in Europe before gaining stardom in the NFL.
Miller, Fouts to join Michaels in booth
ABC adds comedian to Monday Night Football coverage
June 23, 2000
Dennis Miller admits he’s a “quirky” choice for sports broadcasting. It’s going to be linebackers and laugh tracks at “Monday Night Football” this season. ABC Sports on Thursday announced it’s adding comedian Dennis Miller to the broadcast booth, where he’ll join veteran play-by-play man Al Michaels and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts.
Gonzalez expected to reject trade
June 23, 2000
Detroit slugger Juan Gonzalez will reportedly block a deal that would have sent three Yankees to the Tigers in exchange for the former AL MVP.
Y2K upgrades cause problems in Topeka schools
June 23, 2000
The Topeka school district’s Y2K-related computer upgrades have created accounting problems that, if not corrected, could prevent the district from receiving millions of dollars in federal funds.
Sensationalism of assault story creates new victims
June 23, 2000
It is a sensational story, everyone agrees. But sensational is a remarkably ambiguous word that describes every wind that skitters across our emotional skin: hot or cold, fear or love, terror or titillation.
President’s transition must wait
June 23, 2000
George W. Bush should begin planning his presidential transition right about now. But the Texas governor doesn’t dare to. Some snooping reporter might get wind of it and suggest he’s overconfident.
At 91, farmer thinks of retirement
Despite stubborn mules and broken combines, his harvest always gets in
June 23, 2000
After 75 harvests, an old-time Kansas farmer is wondering if he should call it quits. Claude Marler stuffed a wad of Beech-Nut tobacco in his cheek and waddled away from the back porch.
Preliminary hearing scheduled in rape case
June 23, 2000
By Joel Mathis Journal-World Writer A 21-year-old Leawood man accused of sexually assaulting two Kansas University students last fall made a first court appearance Wednesday, then was taken to Douglas County Jail.
Donation establishes graduate scholarship
June 23, 2000
A Kansas University alumna has made a gift of $38,000 to KU’s Higuchi Biosciences Center.
Regents approve boost in tuition
June 23, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer Competitiveness carries the day as regents vote to increase tuition a little more than expected.
Building comes in under budget
June 23, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Journal-World Writer The new fairgrounds building is nearly complete and was built slightly under the $1.2 million budget.
Cholesterol drug shows bone benefit
June 23, 2000
A cholesterol-lowering drug taken by millions to prevent heart attacks might also protect women from having osteoporosis-linked bone fractures, offering a safe alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Proposal pumps funds into saving aquifer
June 23, 2000
By Dave Ranney Journal-World Writer A bill would encourage western Kansas irrigators to be more efficient and take some land out of production.
Tobacco chief pitches insider plan
June 23, 2000
A judge Thursday turned down Philip Morris’ attempt to bar another cigarette company owner’s testimony.
Male abuse victims must speak out to boost awareness
June 23, 2000
Horoscopes
June 23, 2000
Business briefcase - Friday
June 23, 2000
Kroger backs out of Winn-Dixie deal U.S. unemployment up Federal Reserve urges banks to be ‘prudent’
Be careful when using incentives
June 23, 2000
You’ve addressed before the use of rewards in influencing kids. Aren’t parents manipulating the child by using rewards and punishment to get him to do what she wants?
ABC’s Jennings looks for facts around Jesus
June 23, 2000
ABC’s Peter Jennings jumps into the complex “Search for Jesus.’
Healing touch
Believers tout the benefits of the laying on of hands
June 23, 2000
By Jim Baker Journal-World Writer Many Christians in Lawrence believe God can heal the sick through a pastor’s prayers and the laying on of hands.
Airline merger subject of more questions
June 23, 2000
A proposed merger between United Airlines and US Airways would give the new airline more than a quarter of the national market.
Fingerprints no longer just for school chalkboards
June 23, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Journal-World Writer A new state law requires Kansas school districts to pay for FBI checks of all people who are provisionally hired and who haven’t lived in Kansas the past 10 years.
Vandalism rocks mosaic
Artist labels act an attack on entire community
June 23, 2000
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer Thursday’s vandalism will put completion of the riverbank artwork behind three or four days, artist Stan Herd said. The suspected broad daylight vandalism of a 13,000-square-foot stone mosaic being built on the north bank of the Kansas River far exceeded a harmless prank, the work’s creator said.
Raiders win two on opening day
Fast start for locals at Al Ice Tournament
June 23, 2000
By Jason Franchuk Journal-World Sports Writer After the game, there’s no doubt Lawrence Raiders manager Carl Brooks had insomnia.
Ghaffari stops Devlin, 7-0
June 23, 2000
Two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler Matt Ghaffari took his first step toward Olympics
People
June 23, 2000
Oil production expected to rise
June 23, 2000
Sources close to the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, tell us that the outcome of the cartel’s meeting in Vienna will be a pleasant surprise.
Death penalty gains support
Americans are ambivalent see a need
June 23, 2000
Eager to find an issue to embarrass George W. Bush, the press has lately fastened onto the death penalty.
Rising murder rate reverses U.S. trend
June 23, 2000
Murders are down for the eighth straight year, but the level of violent crime may have bottomed out.
NL Roundup
June 23, 2000
AL Roundup
June 23, 2000
Daily ticker - Thursday’s close
June 23, 2000
Pless calls it a career
June 23, 2000
By Terry Jones Edmonton Sun Former Kansas University linebacker Willie Pless won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award five times.
Ex-Jayhawk was a tackling machine
June 23, 2000
by Chuck Woodling Journal-World Sports Editor Some men are born to dance. Others are born to sing. Some can shoot the three-point shot. Others can perform magic with a golf club. Some guys can play football. Some can’t. I’ve seen big men who couldn’t play a lick. And I’ve seen little guys with extraordinary ability.
Fraud allegations fired at Pentagon
June 23, 2000
Democrats contend that falsified information is being used to advance the program.
Albright pushes China to hold talks with Taiwan
June 23, 2000
China is holding out for an acknowledgment by Taiwan of the “one China” principle.
Religions briefs
June 23, 2000
Regents raise pay for CEOs
June 23, 2000
By Erwin Seba Journal-World Writer The salary increases were well below those granted a year ago by regents, but still were too high for at least one legislator.
Castro: Socialism immortal
The revolution will outlive its leader, Cuban vows
June 23, 2000
Cuban President Fidel Castro says he isn’t worried about the future of socialism in Cuba after he’s gone.
Skimpy supply sinks swimsuit for U.S. Olympic trial hopefuls
June 23, 2000
Bodysuits have been banned because suppliers won’t be able to meet the needs of all competitors by August.
Hillary Clinton cleared in travel office firings
June 23, 2000
Although there was plenty of evidence against Clinton, Independent Counsel Robert Ray said he couldn’t prove his case.
Documents detail NEA’s political activities
June 23, 2000
The nation’s largest teachers union, which reports to the IRS that it spends no union dues on politics, spent millions of dollars to help elect “pro-education candidates,” produce political training guides and gather teachers’ voting records, internal documents show.
Bird declines Pacers’ offer, will take break from hoops
June 23, 2000
Larry Bird insists he wants to take some time off and rest after three years as Pacers’ coach. Already off the court as coach, Larry Bird said Thursday he had turned down a front-office job with the Indiana Pacers and would not take any other job in the NBA for at least a year.
Gas-pump thefts rising
Stores reporting more losses
June 23, 2000
Last summer, each of Bill Douglass’ nine convenience stores lost an average of $50 a month to motorists who drove off without paying. This summer he expects losses to be at least 10 times higher.
Dutch trucker charged in deaths of immigrants
June 23, 2000
The owner of the truck in which 58 Chinese migrants died had been in police custody since Sunday, the day the bodies were found.
U.N. chief asks Assad to help keep peace
June 23, 2000
The presumed heir to the Syrian presidency was asked to use his influence over Lebanon to keep its border with Israel quiet.
Lawrence briefs
June 23, 2000
Police seek suspect who wore only ski mask Woman wards off unidentified attacker
Motorists showing less respect for dead
June 23, 2000
Funeral processions are just another roadblock for harried motorists, especially in larger cities.
World briefs
June 23, 2000
Tibetan lama sick again U.S. Embassy cites attack threat
Study clears sonar of harm to whales
June 23, 2000
Navy sonar can affect humpbacks’ songs but not their health, researchers say.