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Why, oh why, did that chicken cross the road?
October 1, 2000
By Marsha Henry Goff Oh, how I wish that suicidal critters would quit running, jumping and flying in front of my car! The other day I was driving down a two-lane highway (carefully observing the 55 mph speed limit) when a large white chicken at the side of the road decided to take a test flight across the highway. Chickens, I learned from that experience, take way too long to gain altitude if they are capable of gaining it at all.
Briefs
October 1, 2000
Post office honors former governor
October 1, 2000
The Wakefield post office was renamed Friday for William H. Avery, a former Kansas governor and congressman. Avery, 89, accepted the honor with not one, but three, separate trips to the podium.
Agnes Annie Shockley
October 1, 2000
Suspect held in stabbings of resident, officers
October 1, 2000
By Mike Belt A Lawrence man was arrested Friday night in connection with a stabbing and for allegedly leading police on vehicle and foot chases. The 25-year-old man was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated batteries on a resident and two police officers and attempting to flee police, Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said.
Accident kills Ottawa teen
October 1, 2000
By Mike Belt A teen-age girl returning home with friends from the Pomona High School homecoming football game and dance died early Saturday following a one-car accident northwest of Ottawa.
Black caucus outlines challenges
October 1, 2000
By Mike Belt If you wanted to gather all of Kansas’ black legislators in one place for a meeting, you could do it with a minivan. There are only seven of them. Their small number represents one of the biggest challenges facing the state’s African American Legislative Caucus, according to State Sen. Sherman Jones, D-Kansas City.
On the record
October 1, 2000
Canoers tired of being up a polluted creek
October 1, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood “ACCESS” It was not exactly “SOS” in driftwood.But Friends of the Kaw arranged canoes in letters on a Kansas River sandbar Saturday to send a similar message of desperation. “We have a right to be able to use our river for recreation,” said Lance Burr, one of the organizers of the sixth annual Kaw River float trip.
Texas Tech tops KU in five games
October 1, 2000
By Christina Woods What would have been a sweet victory for Amy Myatt turned bittersweet. Myatt’s 700th career kill placed her in Kansas University’s volleyball record books, but that was not enough to defeat Texas Tech. The Red Raiders outlasted the Jayhawks, 15-11, 5-15, 7-15, 15-12, 15-6, on Saturday at Horejsi Center.
Quality of education varies at home schools
October 1, 2000
From time to time, state education officials worry about the quality of education home-schooled children are getting. But Sharon Freden, assistant commissioner of the Kansas Department of Education, said the state has no legal authority to oversee home schools.
LHS goes 1-3 at tourney
October 1, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus With the top two teams in Class 5A and the No. 3 team in Class 6A in Lawrence High’s pool at the Joan Wells Invitational, Lion volleyball coach Jo Huntsinger figured chances of her squad surviving were slim.
Dubois paces FSHS girls to team title
October 1, 2000
Free State High’s girls cross country runners placed 4-5-6 on Saturday en route to the team title at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational at SM Park. Jackie Dubois placed fourth in 16:38 to pace the No. 4-ranked Firebirds at the 4-kilometer race.
U.S., Europe deal avoids trade war
October 1, 2000
United States until Nov. 1 to replace a $4 billion annual tax break for American companies that sell goods abroad, from giants Microsoft and Boeing to small businesses. The Clinton administration was negotiating against a deadline today for bringing U.S. tax laws into compliance with an adverse ruling from the World Trade Organization.
FBI probes Bush tape leak
October 1, 2000
The FBI has opened a full-blown investigation into how a tightly held Bush debate practice tape was mailed to a Gore adviser, a federal official said Saturday, quickening the pace of what had until now been a preliminary inquiry.
Election pivotal for high court
Supreme Court begins 2000-01 term Monday
October 1, 2000
Difficult questions about Americans’ constitutional protection against unreasonable searches while in their homes, cars and even in hospital beds lead the Supreme Court’s agenda as the justices begin their 2000-01 term Monday.
Reverse crossover: Teen pop sensations go Latin
October 1, 2000
Call her Senorita Christina Aguilera, por favor. Teen queen Aguilera, the big-voiced Grammy winner who scored with her 7-million-selling self-titled debut and its ubiquitous hit, “Genie in a Bottle,” is a Latin artist now. The just-released “Mi Reflejo” album marks the Pittsburgh-raised singer’s much-hyped foray into the Latin pop world.
Atypical actress is foil on ‘Norm’
Faith Ford rebounds from ‘Maggie Winters’ sitcom failure
October 1, 2000
Faith Ford and Norm Macdonald are seated on a sofa during a rehearsal. The sofa is worn and couch-potato yellow. Macdonald is just your average guy. Ford is, well, quite the opposite.
Giving away stock still a taxing proposition eventually
October 1, 2000
Questions: I bought some stock five years ago for $600 and gave it to my son recently after the value had grown to $10,000. Am I correct that I owe no capital gains tax on this profit? How will the tax be calculated if my son sells the stock?
Pizza Hut cooking up new appeal
Updated logo, hip ad campaigns and fresh renovations help chain take bigger slice of market
October 1, 2000
Larry Dykstra remembers when the extent of Pizza Hut’s decline hit him like a pie in the face. Dykstra convened a group of teen-agers in early 1999 to understand what made them tick or at least, what would make them eat more often at Pizza Hut.
Travel briefs
October 1, 2000
Women don’t need Cosmo to excite men
October 1, 2000
By Dave Berry Humor Columnist for the Miami Herald When I’m in the supermarket checkout line, I always look at Cosmopolitan magazine to see if the editors have made any progress in their ongoing effort to figure out men.
Who knows children if parents don’t?
October 1, 2000
By Leonard Pitts Columnist for the Miami Herald It began, as it often does, with children and a gun. Police say it was just before noon on Tuesday that 13-year-old Alfred Anderson, already suspended from school for fighting, slipped the weapon through a gap in the locked chain-link gates of Carter G. Woodson Middle School in New Orleans.
Old Home Town - 25, 40, and 100 years ago today
October 1, 2000
Open Spaces
October 1, 2000
Urban wilderness
National park is nature’s lofty outpost in Caracas
October 1, 2000
By Chris Hawley, The Associated Press Just steps away from the bustle and noise of Venezuela’s largest city, there is a place where butterflies with metallic blue wings dance in the air, querre-querre birds jabber in the trees, and a large wooden sign wishes peace to all comers.
RU-486 won’t end abortion debate
October 1, 2000
By Ellen Goodman Columnist for The Boston Globe Within hours of the announcement, the small line popped up on one of the talk shows that dance across the cable channels: “All Over But the Shouting.”
Debates, like race, are a tossup
October 1, 2000
By David Broder Columnist for Washington Post Writers Group The only scorecard that counts for Tuesday night’s first presidential debate of 2000 is the public reaction. But in thinking about my own scorecard, I’ve jotted down five tests for Vice President Gore and five others for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
Business as usual?
October 1, 2000
Journal-World Editorial State officials will have their hands full trying to justify behavior in the Kansas Lottery office to taxpayers across Kansas.
Gophers crush Illini
October 1, 2000
Minnesota’s Tellis Redmon was a backup one week ago, bounced from the starting lineup by a fumble and the promise shown by the redshirt freshman who replaced him.
Event samples Kansas
October 1, 2000
By Jim Baker Ottawa will play host to the 2000 Kansas Sampler Festival Saturday and Oct. 8, an event that will showcase all the sights, sounds and tastes the state’s rural communities have to offer.
Inherit the Wind’ more timely than ever
October 1, 2000
After a false start on opening night due to a Mother Nature-induced power outage, the Lawrence Community Theatre’s production of “Inherit the Wind” has weathered the weather and is bringing the emotion of the on-going evolution debate to its stage.
Violinist makes Lied debut
KU piano professor to provide accompaniment
October 1, 2000
Violinist Jennifer Koh has picked some challenging works for her first appearance at the Lied Center.
Whale rocker is a hit with children
October 1, 2000
By Don and Dave Runyan, Special to the Journal-World Like a panda bear or a zebra, an orca (or killer whale) is easy to recognize by its distinctive black-and-white markings. Maybe that’s one reason why kids love them so much. Here’s a unique do-it-yourself project that can add this favorite to your own child’s (or grandchild’s) menagerie for less than $50.
Victorian table service took function to excess
October 1, 2000
By Ralph and Terry Kovel, King Features Syndicate Formal dinner parties were an important part of the life of a well-to-do Victorian couple. The rules of etiquette and good taste dictated the dinner table’s look. Collectors now find many pieces of silver, serving dishes and large, carved furniture that were made for a Victorian feast.
Thatcher’s trifecta sparks Sooners
October 1, 2000
Not often does a defensive back earn the hat trick. Three interceptions in one game are so rare, in fact, that senior cornerback J.T. Thatcher was only the seventh Oklahoma football player to do it.
Jones’ haul: three gold, two bronze medals
October 1, 2000
Americans finally had a big night at the Olympic track, prompting three performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for U.S. relay teams standing atop the victory stand. And that’s when the trouble began. Marion Jones won gold in the U.S. women’s 1,600-meter relay and bronze with the 400-meter squad making her the only woman to win five track medals at one Olympics. The U.S. men swept both relays Saturday.
Why, oh why, did that chicken decide to cross the road?
October 1, 2000
Oh, how I wish that suicidal critters would quit running, jumping and flying in front of my car! The other day I was driving down a two-lane highway (carefully observing the 55 mph speed limit) when a large white chicken at the side of the road decided to take a test flight across the highway.
KU football offers same road story
Jayhawk coach Allen sticks with Smith on day Kansas’ quarterback would rather forget
October 1, 2000
If Rulon Gardner can win a gold medal, and if the U.S. softball team can lose three games and still wear pendants of gold, then surely Kansas University can win a football game on the road? Do you believe in miracles? Uh, no. If Saturday’s 34-16 loss to Oklahoma seemed awfully familiar, it’s only because it was. The average score of the Jayhawks’ 17 road games in the three-plus years Terry Allen has been head coach is 38.4 to 16.1.
Bedhead’ is no sleeper; book reflects children’s everyday world
October 1, 2000
By Jill Hummels Everybody’s been in young Oliver’s shoes, or hat, as the case may be. Author Margie Palatini and artist Jack E. Davis have coiffed “Bedhead,” a wonderful tale that is sure to make every youngster feel a little better about himself when picture day rolls around.
Bookstore
October 1, 2000
Here are the nation’s best-selling books as complied by Publishers Weekly.
Candidates have vivid differences
County commission race a breed apart
October 1, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood A common complaint among voters these days is that major party political contenders are about as different as Coke and Pepsi. But that’s a hard argument to make about Douglas County’s 3rd District commission race, which pits two men of clear distinctions against one another. “People that vote are going to vote one way or another,” said Mark Buhler, a former county commissioner. “It’s not going to be a tossup.”
Force posts top Top Fuel qualifying time
October 1, 2000
John Force closed qualifying Saturday for the NHRA with the best Funny Car lap of the weekend, good enough for his ninth No. 1 position this season and 98th of his career.
Graves replies to lottery issues
Incoming agency director calls allegations ‘small potatoes’
October 1, 2000
Gov. Bill Graves’ administration has issued its first detailed response to questions about the Kansas Lottery. A top lottery official called those questions “small potatoes and dead issues.”
U.S. boxers, wrestlers denied
October 1, 2000
High hopes gave way to harsh reality on the last day of the Sydney Games. The U.S. boxing team, which arrived in Sydney hoping to reverse its recent Olympic fortunes, wound up without a single gold medal. And for the first time since 1968, the American freestyle wrestlers failed to win a gold.
Americans bounce France
U.S. men pull away late for gold medal
October 1, 2000
One by one they bowed their heads to receive their gold medals, their wide, genuine smiles lighting up the Sydney SuperDome. Hard to tell whether they were smiles of joy or relief. Most likely it was a mix of the two.
Wildcats whip Buffaloes, 44-21
Kansas State QB Beasley tosses three TDs in conference opener
October 1, 2000
For all of Kansas State’s offensive might, two key interceptions by safety Jon McGraw loomed just as large on Saturday.
NL Roundup
October 1, 2000
What was supposed to be a tuneup for the postseason also turned out to be a huge game for Tom Glavine and Atlanta.
Haskell tumbles, 24-3
October 1, 2000
Jason Kilmer rushed for 130 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns as Southern Nazarene (1-3) defeated Haskell, 24-3, on Saturday for the Crimson Storm’s first victory as a football team.
Clinton seeks school funds
October 1, 2000
President Clinton, bemoaning what he said were too many overcrowded and crumbling schools, pledged Saturday not to budge from budget talks until Republicans set aside billions for school construction and his education priorities.
Indian artifacts poisoned in storage
October 1, 2000
Arriving at the Ivy League school’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, which owns the largest collection of American Indian remains outside the Smithsonian, officials suggested he don a pair of gloves and a dust mask before sifting through the collection.
Magnificent men and their flying machines
Book chronicles incredible adventures of flyers who lived to tell the tale
October 1, 2000
By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Imagine you’re Don Tooker in the cockpit of a supersonic F-8 Crusader jet fighter en route from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to Hawaii, the first leg of a transpacific flight to Japan. In a disastrous refueling attempt, the main fuel cell is overfilled and bursts at 20,000 feet, causing a flameout.
Hidden gender
Artist’s works reflect androgyny
October 1, 2000
By Jan Biles The English language isn’t equipped to deal with Chris Somers. There is no pronoun for those born intersexed, or having both male and female physical attributes. Gender is determined by chromosomes: Males have 46XY; females 46XX. Somers, a 53-year-old Australian artist in Lawrence as part of a three-month U.S. residency, was born with an extra: 47XXY.
Home-schoolers don’t want state interference
October 1, 2000
There was a time when David Barfield would have welcomed intervention by the Legislature to eliminate ambiguities about the legal status of home schools.
It’s never too late
Family proves gardens can take flight any time of year
October 1, 2000
By Carol Boncella Somewhere along the way, planting flowers in the garden once June rolls around became an unwritten gardening taboo. Gardeners believe that if plants weren’t well established by the end of May, the hot weather of summer would beat down any chance for vigorous growth and beautiful blooms
Restoration plans change for Liberty Memorial
Project simplified, but still costly
October 1, 2000
Parks and recreation officials have unveiled a new, scaled-back plan for the Liberty Memorial restoration project, after some said the previous design was too ornate. A special half-cent sales tax to restore the memorial expired on Saturday, but officials said the project has enough money to move forward despite delays and criticism.
Lila Marie Lanphear
October 1, 2000
People, faces & things
October 1, 2000
Breaking ground
Construction approaches at Lawrence Arts Center site
October 1, 2000
By Jan Biles A place to imagine. That’s the slogan for the new Lawrence Arts Center, and nothing could be more descriptive of what has kept director Ann Evans and her staff going over the past 10 years when plans for a new or renovated arts center seemed to bog down.
Business Briefcase
October 1, 2000
Handcrafted Windsor chairs command attention
October 1, 2000
By Julie Dear, The Washington Post Pennsylvania woodworker James Rendi has been making Windsor chairs one at a time, entirely by hand, for 16 years.
Russia offers to mediate Yugoslav vote
October 1, 2000
3. In a rare public appearance Saturday, Milosevic sounded a generally defiant theme in a speech condemning outside pressure on Yugoslavia.
Business Briefs
October 1, 2000
National briefs
October 1, 2000
TWA retires 727s from fleet
Jet model used since 1964 too expensive to maintain
October 1, 2000
The last Boeing 727 of Trans World Airlines has made its final stop. TWA is retiring the aircraft, and the last plane’s final flight was scheduled Saturday afternoon, landing at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
Son-in-law wants to stay out of political picture
October 1, 2000
Arts briefs
October 1, 2000
12 killed in Mideast
October 1, 2000
Israeli troops battling several gunmen and thousands of rock-throwing Palestinians opened fire Saturday, killing 12 Palestinians in the bloodiest clashes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1996. More than 500 Palestinians were injured, the Palestinian health minister said.
White Sox roll over Royals, 9-1
October 1, 2000
Kip Wells didn’t see his start Saturday night as a playoff audition. Then again, he hasn’t seen much of anything lately.
Family waits, hopes for transplant
2-year-old Lawrence boy placed on high priority list for new liver
October 1, 2000
By Joel Mathis Miles Blomgren is a lot like any other 2-year-old you’ve ever met. He gets cranky when he’s hungry, happy when somebody holds him, and he loves being read the same book “Where The Wild Things Are” every night.
Flooding death toll in south Asia tops 1,000 people
October 1, 2000
Ax-wielding priest chased from abortion clinic vandalism
October 1, 2000
A Catholic priest smashed his car into an abortion clinic Saturday morning, then chopped at the building with an ax until the owner fired two shotgun blasts to stop him, police said.
Kansas DB makes most of first start
Jordan’s nine stops ties for team lead
October 1, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Matt Jordan has mixed feelings about the game in which he made his first career start. On one hand, Jordan Kansas University’s running back-turned-defensive back who made his first start at nickel back tied for the team lead with nine total stops in the Jayhawks’ 34-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday at OU’s Memorial Stadium.
Briefs
October 1, 2000
American Eagle takes flight
Clothing company decides Ottawa is a better fit than Lawrence
October 1, 2000
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is abandoning plans for a new $45 million warehouse and distribution center in Lawrence a project that would have been the largest private economic development investment in Douglas County history.
Koch to fight charges
Company denies environmental cover-up
October 1, 2000
Officials with Koch Industries Inc. say they will fight charges that the company and some employees covered up environmental problems at a Texas refinery. The Wichita-based company said Friday that it would vigorously defend itself and four senior employees. The company and employees plan to plead not guilty, Koch spokeswoman Mary Beth Jarvis said.
Home education bucking tradition
Parents take teaching reins; critics unconvinced
October 1, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Betsy, Amy and Megan Barfield don’t look like outlaws. Their days at Magnum Opus Christian School are filled with reading, writing, arithmetic, history, Latin, music and Bible studies. Teachers at the Lawrence home school are their parents, David and Cathy Barfield.
Former corrections director opposes court services merger
Ex-official concerned about client supervision, budget cuts in Douglas County Community Corrections
October 1, 2000
Pat Berry didn’t need to be told twice. The former director of Douglas County Community Corrections said she resigned her post after the county administrator told her she should start looking for another job. The discussion occurred after Berry expressed concern about the proposed merger between community corrections and Douglas County District Court Services.
AL Roundup
October 1, 2000
The seemingly endless playoff possibilities are inconsequential to Jason Giambi. It’s all really very simple.
Student’s murder shocks university
October 1, 2000
People who knew Gallaudet University freshman Eric Franklin Plunkett say he had no enemies. That’s why the beating death of Plunkett, 19, who was deaf, had cerebral palsy and was a leader of a gay campus group, is that much harder to accept.
The Motley Fool
October 1, 2000
Name that company. Last week’s Question and Answer: I was conceived at a 1978 gathering of biologists in Switzerland. These folks were interested in using genetic engineering to improve human health care. Today, based in Cambridge, Mass., I’m one of the world’s premiere biotech companies and am the oldest independent one.
Top 25 ROUNDUP
Bulldogs batter Florida
October 1, 2000
Steve Spurrier couldn’t understand all the fuss about Mississippi State beating his third-ranked Florida Gators.
Potentially deadly quake zones found
Faults hidden off California coast
October 1, 2000
Two hidden faults capable of unleashing a magnitude-7.6 earthquake lie off the coast of heavily populated Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, researchers reported Sunday.
Building a high-rent district
New apartments test affordability for low-income tenants
October 1, 2000
By Mark Fagan Kate Dreyer doesn’t need a survey to tell her that renting an apartment in Lawrence is expensive. The Kansas University sophomore confirms it once a month, when she cuts the $515 check for her two-bedroom apartment near Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.
3 cheers, 3 boos for science education
October 1, 2000
By Leonard Krishtalka Director of the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center at Kansas University Three cheers for science sounded recently in Kansas. First, in August, three of four anti-science candidates for the Kansas Board of Education were roundly defeated in the primary election.
Horoscopes
October 1, 2000
Jayhawks generous: OKLAHOMA 34, KANSAS 16
Five interceptions, two fumbles end KU’s chances against Sooners
October 1, 2000
Kansas University’s football team wasn’t supposed to stand a chance against Oklahoma. It didn’t, as it turns out, but not for the reasons anticipated going in. KU senior quarterback Dylen Smith tied a school record with five interceptions and he had two fumbles to boot and the 14th-ranked Sooners overcame a couple of early deficits to upend the Jayhawks, 34-16, on Saturday at OU’s Memorial Stadium.