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News briefs
October 31, 2000
Actor’s shooting blamed on realistic fake gun Kissinger out of hospital ‘Millionaire’ round ADA-exempt Teachers end strike
High court hears sex predator case sex predator
October 31, 2000
Three years after ruling in a Kansas case that states can keep sexually violent predators locked up after their prison term is over, the Supreme Court debated on Tuesday whether some sex offenders still can show they are being held unlawfully.
Horoscopes
October 31, 2000
Sister’s fascination with convicted killer upsets family
October 31, 2000
FSHS player of the week: Craig Brewer
October 31, 2000
Playing in his final game before moving back to St. Louis, Brewer led the Firebirds in defensive points in Friday night’s 28-13 victory at Leavenworth.
LHS player of the week: Damon Benitez
October 31, 2000
Benitez finished with 150 all-purpose yards (59 receiving, 47 rushing and 44 on kickoff returns) in Lawrence’s 41-19 victory over Topeka in a Class 6A district championship.
Fitness standards remain the same
October 31, 2000
Douglas County commissioners Monday agreed not to lower the standards of the physical fitness test required of law enforcement employees.
Contributors listed for Douglas County sheriff’s candidates
October 31, 2000
Sheriff’s race even in fund-raising
October 31, 2000
By Joel Mathis The candidates for Douglas County sheriff are running neck-and-neck on the money trail.
Warren Whitaker
October 31, 2000
Arlene Warren
October 31, 2000
Larry Gray
October 31, 2000
Velmore Hendrickson
October 31, 2000
Students earn big bucks
Sunflower School principal motivates youths with ‘money’
October 31, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Usually students go to the principal’s office kicking and screaming.
Molester appeals sentence
Attorney asks for 77-year-old client’s freedom while court mulls case
October 31, 2000
By Joel Mathis A 77-year-old Lawrence man sentenced to prison for molesting his granddaughter is appealing the sentence and wants to be freed until a higher court decides the case.
EPA pledges ‘rigorous’ biotech reviews
October 31, 2000
Pledging to do a thorough review before allowing a variety of gene-altered corn in food, the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Monday for a 30-day public comment period and formal consultations with scientists.
Indian farmers accuse USDA of ‘robbing’ their land
October 31, 2000
Unfair Agriculture Department discrimination on farm loans and other aid is causing American Indian farmers to lose their land, farmers from about a dozen tribes alleged at a rally Monday.
Bush pokes fun at self, Gore on ‘Tonight Show’
October 31, 2000
George W. Bush and comedian Jay Leno both poked fun Monday at the Texas governor’s tendency to fracture syntax and mispronounce words. And the Republican presidential candidate even donned an Al Gore Halloween mask for added laughs.
Carnahan’s widow in Senate running
October 31, 2000
Declaring that “we worked as partners” during almost a half-century of marriage, Jean Carnahan said Monday she would accept appointment as a U.S. senator if her late husband outpolls Republican Sen. John Ashcroft on Nov. 7.
Israel launches retaliatory strikes
October 31, 2000
In one of the most intense Israeli assaults in a month of fighting, attack helicopters unleashed missile attacks Monday night on offices of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, strikes meant to retaliate for the killings of two Israelis.
Southern Baptists suffer schism
Texas Baptists approve partial break with denomination
October 31, 2000
Texas’ 2.7 million Baptists dealt a severe blow to the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday, withdrawing $5 million in funding on the grounds that the denomination is becoming too conservative.
People
October 31, 2000
The terror of Broadway Missouri tribute Madonna gets legitimate The ‘Beat’ goes on
Croatian fills NBC’s prescription
Newcomer Goran Visnjic is the doctor to see on ‘ER
October 31, 2000
The doctor wears a crisp white coat, has gentle hands and beautiful midnight-blue eyes.
McElhaney wins campaign fund race
County commission hopefuls raise thousands
October 31, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Douglas County Commission candidate Jere McElhaney has out-raised his fellow commission hopefuls. According to reports filed Monday, McElhaney, a Republican who seeks the 3rd District seat being vacated by Tom Taul, raised $10,950 from July 21 through Oct. 26, the most recent campaign finance reporting period.
Christmas spirit helps save holiday horse parade
October 31, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood Downtown Lawrence’s annual holiday trip back in time, with the clip-clop of hooves, rumbling wagon wheels and jingling bells, will continue. The Eldridge Hotel’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade was in jeopardy last year when organizer Rob Phillips, general manager of the Eldridge, 701 Mass., said the cost was becoming too high.
Court seeks advice on Missouri Klan suit
October 31, 2000
The Supreme Court is coming to grips with a dispute over whether states can keep the Ku Klux Klan out of their Adopt-A-Highway cleanup programs.
Kansas ‘experiment’ to tax online purchases
October 31, 2000
By Mark Fagan Shopping for gifts online could get more expensive this holiday season as state officials try a new computer program to capture sales taxes on Internet purchases. Kansas is one of four states experimenting with computer software designed to help level the playing field between traditional retailers and those who make sales on the Internet and usually don’t charge sales taxes.
Fittipaldi wins Marlboro 500
de Ferran claims CART season points crown
October 31, 2000
In a champ car racing version of “Survivor,” Christian Fittipaldi and Gil de Ferran were still going at the finish and earned $1 million each.
Cubs’ Grace files for free agency
October 31, 2000
Mark Grace filed for free agency Monday, perhaps signaling the end of his 15-year run in the Cubs’ organization the last 13 seasons as the team’s first baseman.
Mets’ deadline approaching to re-sign Valentine
October 31, 2000
The New York Mets are running out of time to negotiate a new contract with Bobby Valentine before the manager becomes a free agent.
Brenly to manage Arizona
Diamondbacks sign former broadcaster, catcher to three-year contract
October 31, 2000
Bob Brenly, a broadcaster and former major league catcher, was hired Monday as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and said the team has enough talent to be in the World Series next season.
Briefcase
October 31, 2000
Experts to discuss future of agriculture Primedia buys online content provider Verizon meets Wall Street estimates Printer licenses eBiz Software program
KC considers switching sites for training
Royals interested in Surprise, Ariz.
October 31, 2000
The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers say they will move their spring training sites from Florida to Surprise, Ariz., if the Phoenix suburb builds a stadium.
Daily ticker
October 31, 2000
Griese responds to arrest ‘as a man’
Denver quarterback to take ‘full responsibility’ for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving
October 31, 2000
Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese stood up “as a man” to take responsibility for his weekend arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Fans cheer three-time champs
New York honors Yankees for fourth time in five years
October 31, 2000
Thousands of fans lined the Canyon of Heroes for the Yankees’ third straight ticker-tape parade Monday as manager Joe Torre hailed his players as “maybe the best team of all time.”
NU looks to rebound against Kansas
Cornhuskers coming off a loss heading into game with Jayhawks for third straight season
October 31, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University football coach Terry Allen is gearing for his fourth career meeting with Nebraska. Thrice it immediately has followed a Nebraska loss.
Baylor sees hope in ISU
Cyclones complete turnaround, eligible for bowl
October 31, 2000
Suffering Baylor fans can take solace in what coach Dan McCarney has accomplished at Iowa State.
BV North awaiting upstart LHS
Lawrence savors underdog role
October 31, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus As the lone team with a losing record in the Class 6A state soccer quarterfinals, Lawrence High is a longshot to advance.
Lions enter state on roll
Lions’ offense sizzling before 6A playoffs
October 31, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Although not evident a month ago, back-to-back lopsided losses to Olathe South and Olathe North might have benefited Lawrence High in the long run.
IRS granted access to cards
Tax collectors to look into offshore accounts
October 31, 2000
In a sweeping tax-evasion probe, the IRS was granted access Monday to thousands of MasterCard and American Express credit card accounts held by U.S. taxpayers in three offshore banking havens.
Time change for KU opener
October 31, 2000
Don’t believe what your ticket says about the tipoff for Wednesday’s Kansas men’s basketball exhibition against the EA California All-Stars.
KU-Texas won’t be shown
October 31, 2000
Kansas University’s home football finale against Texas on Nov. 11 won’t be televised as part of the Big 12 TV package. Kickoff likely will be 1 p.m., but the Longhorns have inquired about the possibility of the game’s broadcast on a pay-per-view basis.
Chiefs’ Grunhard might miss game against Raiders
October 31, 2000
Tim Grunhard’s streak of 120 consecutive starts for Kansas City could come to an end at what he would call the worst possible time. The Chiefs (5-3) travel to Oakland on Sunday to meet their archrival Raiders (7-1) with nothing less than the AFC West title on the line. A second loss to the Raiders would almost doom any chance the Chiefs still have.
NBA teams tweak on eve of openers
October 31, 2000
A player who took the long road from high school to the pros will begin the season as a starter in New Jersey. Another player who went from Lubbock, Texas, to Puerto Rico to Varese, Italy, will begin the season in Phoenix.
Investors buy blue chips
Concerns about slowing economy pull down Nasdaq
October 31, 2000
Investors fled the volatile technology sector for the relative safety of blue chip stocks Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials to their second straight 200-plus point gain.
Defense dominates
Offense struggles in annual Demo Bowl
October 31, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University’s football coaches won’t name a Demo Bowl MVP, but Travis Watkins surely would get a couple of votes. “My roommate dominated,” KU freshman quarterback Kevin Long said of Watkins, a freshman defensive tackle. “He played real well. A lot of guys showed they could play, especially on the defensive side.”
Wichita police sergeant promoted after accident
October 31, 2000
A Wichita police sergeant has been promoted to lieutenant after he was badly hurt in a fireworks accident while on duty.
Appeal denied in Goddard murder case
October 31, 2000
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to death for the 1996 murders of a Goddard couple.
NBA misses Jordan’s good taste
Players’ copying Carter, Payton, Iverson isn’t necessarily a good thing
October 31, 2000
There’s hair all over the NBA these days, which is not necessarily a good thing, except for the barber and the hair-care products manufacturers.
Charter schools also imperfect
October 31, 2000
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Features Syndicate The nation’s public schools have faced many problems in the past, including lack of funding, overcrowding and low student performance on exams. The early 1990s saw the rise of charter schools, which were based on the principle that only by isolating a school from all other bureaucratic influences can true reform be attained
Hillary bad news for N.Y.
October 31, 2000
By Cal Thomas Los Angeles Times Syndicate It was a surprise encounter. I was walking down West 49th Street last Friday, and as I approached the entrance to NBC, I noticed a small crowd waving “Hillary” and “Gore-Lieberman” signs. Next I heard a voice coming from behind a car grille: “Get back on the curb.” Several people in the street obeyed.
To the rescue
October 31, 2000
Ironic message
October 31, 2000
Basque separatists blamed in deadly Spain bombing
October 31, 2000
A car bomb exploded in a residential area of the capital Monday, killing a Supreme Court judge, his bodyguard and driver in the deadliest attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA since it ended a 14-month cease-fire in December.
Candidates stride into stretch run
Gore pushes experience; Bush tells his backers, ‘It won’t be long now’
October 31, 2000
Al Gore reminded voters Monday in pivotal Great Lakes states that economic good times returned to America under Democratic leadership and said changing course could “drive our economy into the ditch.”
Tempest storms across Europe
Freakish weather batters England, France
October 31, 2000
A powerful storm barreled across western Europe on Monday, ravaging ancient oaks, grounding flights, cutting power to more than 100,000 homes and snarling traffic. At least eight people were killed.
Salem’s voices heard from beyond the grave
New book provides historical perspective
October 31, 2000
The voices behind the Salem witch trials have come alive, but they aren’t meant to conjure up a Halloween haunting.
Wilma Smith
October 31, 2000
Firebirds close on positive note
October 31, 2000
By Robert Sinclair All’s well that ends well for Free State High’s football team. After suffering through a school-record seven-game losing streak, the Firebirds’ trying 2000 season came to a close Friday night with a 28-13 victory over Leavenworth.
County seeks bids for courthouse, JLE renovation
October 31, 2000
By Joy Ludwig County commissioners Monday approved solicitation of bids for a $4.3 million in work on the courthouse and law center.
Briefcase
October 31, 2000
OPEC to pump up output; critics say more is needed Rain slows wheat planting Audit unveils problems PepsiCo to swallow soft drink company
Keeping housing costs in reach
Mortgage rates expected to fall, survey says
October 31, 2000
By Mark Fagan As home sale prices continue to escalate in Lawrence, home buyers must choose between fixed-rate or adjustable mortgages a decision that can make a big difference for the checkbook.
Yuckier is better for Halloween candy
October 31, 2000
The very same children who label broccoli “gross” will suck candy boogers out of a plastic nose.
CBS’s morning show still trying to rise, shine
October 31, 2000
“The Early Show” celebrates its first anniversary Wednesday and its biggest victory may be that none of the CBS stations that aired the debut have abandoned it.
NHL ROUNDUP
Coyotes hand Avalanche first loss
October 31, 2000
In the spirit of election season, Phoenix forward Jeremy Roenick campaigned for teammate Sean Burke.
Kansas volleyball to meet ISU tonight
October 31, 2000
Kansas University’s slumping volleyball team will play host to struggling Iowa State tonight.
Poor showing
October 31, 2000
J-W Editorial Lack of support for football and other athletic programs at Kansas University affects more than the team on the field.
County commission hopefuls list contributors
October 31, 2000
3rd District influenced by minority population
October 31, 2000
Ut Ho has lived in the United States for more than a decade. She’s a U.S. citizen but has never voted. She says it’s so important, she doesn’t want to make the wrong choice.
County balks at closures
Commissioners want to fine, not shut down, unregistered shops
October 31, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Less than a week after approval of their new rural home-based business resolution, Douglas County commissioners Monday decided they want to take some of the punch out of it. Commissioners want to eliminate the part of the rule that would allow them to shut down “transitional businesses” that have not registered with the county before the Jan. 31, 2001, deadline. The affected rural businesses do not meet current zoning codes and have been given five years to comply or phase out.
Seattle’s Rodriguez becomes free agent
October 31, 2000
Alex Rodriguez, expected by many to get a record-setting contract, was among 33 players who filed for free agency Monday.
Legislators fret over foster care, adoption
Report delivers good, bad news about recently privatized system
October 31, 2000
An official with the state’s social services agency on Monday reported improvement in Kansas’ child welfare system, but some legislators are worried that more problems could be in store.
Gift to bolster brain research at KUMC
Couple’s $7 million donation is largest ever for Med Center
October 31, 2000
By Erwin Seba The largest gift ever for the Kansas University Medical Center will create a new center for brain research, the first step in a plan to make Kansas City a nationally recognized center of biomedical research. The $7 million contribution was a gift from a Texas couple, both 1956 KU graduates. The donors are Forrest Hoglund, who stepped down as chairman and CEO of Enron Oil & Gas Co. in 1999, and his wife, Sally.
Margaret Borak
October 31, 2000
Saints, sinners can all go to Hell (Mich.)
October 31, 2000
It’s downright spooky how many bad puns can spill out of one town like an overfilled trick-or-treat bag.
On the record
October 31, 2000
Lawrence briefs
October 31, 2000
Jubilee Cafe to have benefit concert Police still investigating car chase, shooting D.A.’s office to look at charges in shooting Water authority to have quarterly meeting
News briefs
October 31, 2000
Eunice Kennedy Shriver still critical Pentagon sued over bonuses Report tracks Chromium 6 pollution Third suspect in bombing arrested
Clinton vetoes pay raise; budget battle escalates
October 31, 2000
In a sharp escalation of their pre-election budget showdown, President Clinton vetoed a measure Monday allowing members of Congress a pay raise after top House Republicans shot down a tentative deal on a huge spending bill for school, labor and social programs.
Briefly
October 31, 2000
City recommends times for trick-or-treating Resident pleads no contest in death of fellow KU student Hearing on zoning proposal prompts dozens to speak up Kansas University program featured in industry journal
Physician at fore of KC efforts
Neurologist helps lead endeavor to make Kansas City a hub for biomedical research
October 31, 2000
By Erwin Seba At Monday’s news conference unveiling plans for a new brain imaging center at the Kansas University Medical Center, Chancellor Robert Hemenway turned to a figure familiar to Kansas City media to explain the future of medicine.
Subway Super Bowl? No way
Jets-Giants unlikely in wide-open NFL
October 31, 2000
Fear not. The nation will not be subjected to a Subway Super Bowl even though the New York Jets and Giants have reached the midway point of the NFL season at 6-2.
Titans drop ‘Skins
Washington’s 5-game sizz ends, 27-21
October 31, 2000
Had Samari Rolle returned the interception 80 yards, it wouldn’t have meant a thing.
Personal income, spending increase
October 31, 2000
Americans’ incomes, boosted by huge federal farm payments, increased by the largest amount in 13 months in September while consumer spending rose at the fastest pace since February.
All-Stars excited to play KU
Jayhawks’ open with exhibition
October 31, 2000
By Gary Bedore Students started camping out Monday for prime seats for Wednesday’s Kansas University men’s basketball exhibition game yes, exhibition game against the California All-Stars.
Teen suicides bewilder city
Flagstaff, Ariz., worries about copycats
October 31, 2000
A 14-year-old girl stood in the path of a train and was killed in what may have been Flagstaff’s third teen suicide in two weeks. She was the second teen-ager killed on the railroad tracks.
Space station crew blasts off today
October 31, 2000
The first crew of what has been called the most ambitious international science project ever attempted, the $60 billion International Space Station, was set to blast off on its four-month mission today.
Adults spook up sales
Retailers howling about holiday
October 31, 2000
At Williams-Sonoma, $18 will get you a pumpkin-shaped china bowl for serving candy on the big night. Or you can rifle through a barrel and choose an orange and black spatula for $7.