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Donald French
September 14, 2000
Hays services
September 14, 2000
Lorene Godfrey
September 14, 2000
Czupor services
September 14, 2000
No. 2 official nominated as lottery’s next director
September 14, 2000
By Dave Ranney A former prosecutor has been named executive director of the Kansas Lottery, Gov. Bill Graves’ office announced Wednesday. Ed Van Petten will replace executive director Greg Ziemak, whose resignation takes effect Oct. 1.
Growth prominent in county meeting
Lawrence will head west, groups decide
September 14, 2000
By Joy Ludwig In a joint meeting Wednesday, Lawrence, Douglas County and school district officials concluded the city’s growth is moving in a westerly direction. There are developments in other parts of the city as well.
Anti-HIV drug didn’t cause heart damage in babies, study says
September 14, 2000
A small study found no heart damage in babies whose mothers had been given AZT to keep their infants from getting the AIDS virus.
Minuscule superconductor packs plenty of power
September 14, 2000
Scientists have dramatically boosted the amount of electricity a promising superconducting material can carry, a feat that could pave the way for cheap, highly efficient power transmission lines.
Black hole discovered
Object falls into new class
September 14, 2000
Faulty valve responsible for Farmland fire
September 14, 2000
By Joel Mathis A faulty valve was responsible for a fire that injured two workers last week at Farmland Industries’ Lawrence fertilizer plant. The valve designed to release gas if too much pressure built up in a line carrying hydrogen and nitrogen tripped at too low a pressure, said Ralph Scott, technical superintendent for the plant.
County furthers lake-dredging project
September 14, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Many Lone Star Lake property owners are pleased that the county soon will be dredging a portion of the lake. The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved creating a special benefit district that will fund the dredging of the lake’s southwest arm, which is filled with silt.
Priest blasts military training facility
U.S. involvement in helping Latin American militants decried
September 14, 2000
By Amber Stuever An American-funded school is training Latin American soldiers to rape, torture and massacre civilians, a Catholic priest told an audience Wednesday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries.
National Guard units to be teamed with active corps
September 14, 2000
The Army for the first time will align National Guard divisions with active-duty Army corps, making it more likely that part-time soldiers will ship out if war erupts in Korea or the Persian Gulf, Army officials said Wednesday.
Britain running out of gasoline
September 14, 2000
The voice of an angry, frustrated Tony Blair came crackling over the radio: “Irresponsible protesters,” the prime minister said, are “shutting down our country” and “defying the democratic process.”
Trade deficit widens to record
September 14, 2000
Americans’ hearty appetite for foreign goods helped catapult the nation’s trade deficit to a record $106.1 billion in the second quarter based on the broadest measure of trade.
Rate study can wait, KCC says
Industrial users’ push for early ruling denied
September 14, 2000
Utility regulators won’t act quickly to cut rates for customers of the state’s largest electric company but want to review the firm’s finances in detail instead. The Kansas Corporation Commission decision means that the 630,000 electric customers of Western Resources will have to wait until next year to find out whether they will see their rates change.
Chase buys J.P. Morgan
Traditional financial powers to combine in $36 billion deal
September 14, 2000
Chase Manhattan Corp. is acquiring J.P. Morgan & Co. for about $36 billion in stock, uniting two of the oldest and most prestigious financial companies in the United States. The boards of both companies have approved the deal announced Wednesday to create J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the companies said in a statement.
Wakarusa Valley loses leader
Lawrence lawyer to become executive director of business development firm
September 14, 2000
By Mark Fagan The builder behind an $8 million development company is ready for another place to make a difference. Mike O’Donnell, executive director for Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., is leaving the nonprofit development firm Sept. 29 for a similar post in Denver. Taking his place will be Tim Metz, a Lawrence attorney who already has handled business clients for nearly three years and is ready to help them grow.
Still golden-voiced Pavarotti returns today to New York
September 14, 2000
Senate decries media violence
September 14, 2000
A parade of policymakers, led by Democratic vice presidential hopeful Joe Lieberman, slammed the entertainment industry Wednesday for marketing violent music, movies and video games to children despite its own voluntary ratings systems.
Chase and J.P. Morgan face reality
September 14, 2000
A long pedigree of elitism and power earns few privileges in a business world with its competitive eye on creating tomorrow and a disdain for the ways of yesterday. And it matters not a whit that you were once considered John D. Rockefeller’s bank or that your company bore the name of J.P. Morgan and that you personally arranged loans to governments.
Wizards to face Colorado
September 14, 2000
Major League Soccer’s playoffs produced a first before they even started: No D.C. United. The team that dominated the league’s first four seasons, winning three titles and losing once in the final, failed to make the playoffs after going 8-18-6.
House sustains veto of ‘marriage tax’ legislation
September 14, 2000
For the second time in a week Wednesday, the House failed to overcome President Clinton’s veto of major GOP tax legislation, this time a large tax cut for millions of married couples that was at the heart of the Republicans’ two-year tax relief crusade.
Baseball Briefs
September 14, 2000
Minority hiring efforts doubted
University falling short of chancellor’s goal for faculty hiring
September 14, 2000
By Erwin Seba Kansas University officials say they’re worried about their inability to attract more minority faculty and are trying to figure out what they might be doing wrong. But administration critics say the professed concern is only window dressing, not a real attempt to address the problem. “We need to get more minority applicants in the applicant pool,” KU Provost David Shulenburger said Wednesday.
Jailed scientist set free
Wen Ho Lee pleads guilty to single count
September 14, 2000
Nine months after he was branded a threat to national security and put in solitary confinement, Wen Ho Lee was set free Wednesday with an apology from a judge who said the government’s actions “embarrassed our entire nation.” Supporters cheered as a smiling Lee left the courthouse alongside his family and attorneys.
Lottery chief forced out
Despite earlier reports, Ziemak’s exit ‘under discussion for some time’
September 14, 2000
By Dave Ranney Reports this week that Greg Ziemak of Lawrence resigned his $98,000-a-year job as lottery director simply to pursue other interests were lies. Sources have told the Journal-World that Ziemak was told to resign or be fired in March because of his ineffectual oversight of lottery operations, which are the subject of an ongoing Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe.
Wright paces city gymnasts
September 14, 2000
By Robert Sinclair There was some anxiety and a few butterflies during the week leading up to Wednesday night’s season-opening high school gymnastics meet. And that was just for the coach.
Kansas starts Big 12 play with big win
September 14, 2000
By Jason Franchuk There’s a rebellious spirit in Kansas University’s volleyball team. Told too many times in past years they were not good enough to win in the Big 12, much less contend for an NCAA berth, the Jayhawks took a major stab at the conference hierarchy Wednesday.
Lawrence library plans expansion
Branch offices, Internet kiosks would help better serve patrons, official says
September 14, 2000
By Joy Ludwig The Lawrence Public Library plans to expand its services, both physically and in cyberspace. Next month, Library Director Bruce Flanders will present the library’s preliminary future plans, which include one or two branch libraries and expanded Internet services, to the Lawrence City Commission.
Jayhawks embarrassed by defeat
Kansas football team hopes to bounce back Saturday in home opener
September 14, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Marc Owen refused to venture out into public, and Andrew Davison went incognito for days. Darned right Kansas University’s football players were embarrassed by their opening-week loss to Southern Methodist.
Style over substance
Skin-baring photographs do female athletics no favors
September 14, 2000
American swimmer Jenny Thompson bares practically all in a photograph accompanying a Sports Illustrated story about her quest to bring home another gold medal she has five at the Summer Olympic games this month in Sydney.
Students respond to sexual violence in KU athletics
September 14, 2000
By Amber Stuever Students and athletes appear to disagree on where the blame lies in possible sexual assault cases within the athletics department. A study released Monday found that almost a dozen student athletes say they have been sexually assaulted while at Kansas University, usually by other athletes. A former soccer player who claims she was assaulted by two KU football players in February is among them.
Clinton urges hate crimes legislation
September 14, 2000
Armed with more data showing hate crimes often go unreported, President Clinton on Wednesday appealed to Congress to pass hate crimes legislation. “Only Congress can do what really should be done here,” he said.
Scouts’ federal charter upheld
September 14, 2000
The House came down solidly behind the Boy Scouts Wednesday with a 362-12 vote to reject a proposal to revoke their eight-decade-old federal charter because of the scouting organization’s policy of excluding gays.
White House pastry chef sues Clinton
Sex harassment alleged in kitchen
September 14, 2000
A sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the White House’s assistant pastry chef against her boss, the pastry chef, accuses President Clinton of failing to make sure such complaints can be reported.
Briefly
September 14, 2000
Chinese at U.N. criticize U.S. missile defense plans
September 14, 2000
China urged the United Nations on Wednesday to step in and stop the United States from deploying a missile defense system, saying the “dangerous” proposal could be detrimental to world peace.
French activist convicted of ransacking McDonald’s
September 14, 2000
Jose Bove, the French sheep farmer and political activist whose crusade against globalization and genetically altered foods has found widespread sympathy in France, was convicted Wednesday of ransacking a McDonald’s restaurant in the southern town of Millau and was sentenced to three months in prison.
Italians lobby Virginia to halt execution
September 14, 2000
Backed by appeals from Pope John Paul II and the European Union, Italy has unleashed a barrage of e-mails and official protests against the scheduled execution today of an Italian-American convicted of murder in Virginia.
Basque fund-raising operatives arrested
Spanish police stage pre-dawn raid
September 14, 2000
Masked police arrested 20 people in raids on political party offices and private homes Wednesday in a sweep that officials said all but uprooted the fund-raising wing of the armed Basque separatist group ETA.
Summer was warmer than normal, scientists say
September 14, 2000
Summer 2000 was warmer than normal in the United States, though it didn’t quite make the top 10 hot summers, government scientists reported Wednesday. Indeed, this year’s meteorological summer June through August was the 11th warmest U.S. summer since records were begun in 1895.
Gore confidant gives officials package
September 14, 2000
A confidant of Al Gore received an unsolicited package Wednesday containing documents and a videotape that appeared to involve rival George W. Bush’s debate preparations, a Gore aide said.
Gore spends 18 hours Wednesday hustling for votes
September 14, 2000
Vice President Al Gore rolled off a borrowed sofa bed at 6 a.m. and into an 18-hour grit-to-glitz jumble of campaigning.
MIT changes housing, alcohol policies
September 14, 2000
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to pay $4.75 million and endow a scholarship in a settlement with the family of a freshman who drank himself to death at a 1997 fraternity initiation.
Bad luck follows Holcomb family
First, two accidents, then job loss, now eviction besieges Kansans
September 14, 2000
Debbie Smith was left paralyzed when a 1-ton bale of hay fell on her while she was at work. Then her daughter was seriously injured in a car accident. Then her husband lost his job at the same company where she worked.
Rural hospital linked to cities
Telemedicine aided by KU Med grant
September 14, 2000
The Central Kansas Medical Center will use grant money for telemedicine equipment that eventually will be used to connect its doctors with distant specialists.
Shuttle crew outfits station
Astronauts install fresh batteries
September 14, 2000
Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts plugged four fresh batteries into the international space station on Wednesday, a job that required a hammer, chisel and brute force. “The crew did a little bit of garage work,” flight director Mark Ferring said.
Prescription prices
September 14, 2000
Casino support
September 14, 2000
Uniform fuss
September 14, 2000
Journal-World Editorial McLouth school officials surely have something more important to worry about than the modest uniforms of the high school dance team.
College Football Picks
September 14, 2000
IRL changes schedule, but KC date still July 8
September 14, 2000
The Indy Racing League’s 2001 season will start March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway and end Sept. 16 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dodge rocks on and on
Lawrence band gives marathon performance
September 14, 2000
By Tom Meagher Few musicians have the perseverance to sing 100 songs in one sitting.
Rock star longs for simple life
Dave Matthews discusses band’s summer tour, next album, life in Virginia
September 14, 2000
A warm Virginia breeze blows through the open doorway of the home where the Dave Matthews Band is recording its next album. Rocking chairs gently sway on the front porch.
Rockin’ for Ron
Benefit concert to honor bus driver
September 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness On campus, we dubbed him Rockin’ Ron in honor of his affinity for high-decibel classic rock, which continually blared from the tinny speakers of the bus he drove. At home, though, he was just Ron, or “Dad.”
Kate Schrock showcases unique style
Musician promoting new CD
September 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness Though she lives on a 130 acres in Maine, surrounded by quiet, Kate Schrock is one busy musician. “I do everything myself,” Schrock explained.
LaBute lightens up with ‘Nurse Betty’
KU graduate looks for challenge, surprise effect in movies
September 14, 2000
Careful. Don’t get too close. Yes, “Nurse Betty” is a screwball comedy from the director of those searing indictments of human nature, “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends & Neighbors.”
Gastineau headed to jail
Former Jets lineman to serve 18 months
September 14, 2000
Former Jets lineman Mark Gastineau was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail for failing to complete an anger-management course after hitting his estranged wife.
Firebirds excited about playing at KU
September 14, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Opening day is still days away, but the early reviews are in for the new artificial playing surface at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. “It’s different,” Free State High senior quarterback David Herrera said Wednesday after the Firebirds’ 21/2-hour practice on the AstroPlay, a synthetic grass surface.
Arts notes
September 14, 2000
Country concert to open Cider Days Fall Festival Atchison to celebrate Lewis-Clark expedition
Arts notes
September 14, 2000
On the record
September 14, 2000
Canseco thriving since joining Yanks
September 14, 2000
In a corner of the New York Yankees’ clubhouse, Jose Canseco got up from his chair, and made a proclamation.
Criticism abounds at EPA hearings
Water quality standards face negative reaction
September 14, 2000
Long before public hearings began Wednesday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency faced strong criticism of its proposed water quality standards for Kansas.
Oprah gives Gore a free ride
September 14, 2000
By Cal Thomas Columnist for Los Angeles Times Syndicate Vice President Al Gore’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s program last Monday was an unpaid commercial for his presidential candidacy designed to enhance his appeal to those women who care more about the way a man looks than how he thinks.
Scouts applauded
September 14, 2000
Dill’ throws dim light on country scene
Film was a hit at Slamdance Festival, but condescends on small screen
September 14, 2000
What happens when a group of Hollywood actors make a cheap-looking documentary about a not-so-bright country western singer? They end up with an only occasionally funny film called “Dill Scallion” (7 p.m., VH1).
CART spares no expense when it comes to grub
At each racing venue, gourmet chefs use mobile kitchens that equal some of the country’s finest restaurants
September 14, 2000
The roar of 900-horsepower engines washed over rows of tent-covered pavilions filled with diners, a reminder that this was a race track not a four-star restaurant. They’d never have known it from the presentation or the menus, though.
Peters set to perform at Starlight
September 14, 2000
Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters is set to captivate area audiences in a one-night only performance with the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday at Starlight Theatre, 6601 Swope Parkway in Kansas City, Mo.
Gandhi’s grandson to visit Baker
September 14, 2000
Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University.
Madden 2001 scores touchdown
September 14, 2000
It’s time, football fans.
Is there a QB in the house?
Six college powers will attempt to answer questions this weekend
September 14, 2000
Everywhere you turn, there’s a quarterback quandary. At Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA. At Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Who starts? Who sits? Who’s hurt? Who knows?
On their plate
Drivers find safety solution has its own problems
September 14, 2000
What will restrictor plates do to the racing at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend?
Worker’s death spurs action
Meningitis spread feared
September 14, 2000
The death of a worker at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility from bacterial spinal meningitis has spurred officials there to initiate measures to protect its staff and juvenile offenders.
City wants district to pay for officers in schools
Security resource officer program costs $132,000
September 14, 2000
By Tim Carpenter The city’s Alcohol Tax Advisory Board wants the Lawrence school board, not it, to pick up the $132,000 tab for the officers who provide a police presence in the district’s high schools and junior highs.
Keady last man standing
Long-time Purdue coach stunned at ouster of Indiana legend Knight
September 14, 2000
Gene Keady never thought he’d be the last man standing. When the old-school Big Ten basketball coaches’ club dwindled to two Purdue’s Keady and Indiana’s Bob Knight Keady figured he’d be next to go. After all, he’s five years older than Knight and he’s been tempted to switch to golf permanently for years.
District eyes land for future school
Growth in southeast Lawrence addressed during joint city, county meeting
September 14, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Anticipated growth in home construction is prompting the Lawrence school board to consider buying land near the city’s southeast corner for a new elementary school. A deal is far from being signed and sealed, but officials said Wednesday that about 20 acres south of Kansas Highway 10 have potential for a joint venture between the school board and city for development of a grade school and public park.
Bush pitches conservation
Candidate promises funding for national parks
September 14, 2000
On the foggy banks of a salmon spawning ground, George W. Bush promised to spend $4.9 billion on national parks that rival Al Gore had left “crumbling.”
Clinton missile plan was a loser
September 14, 2000
By Trudy Rubin The Philadelphia Inquirer Bill Clinton did us all a favor when he punted the decision about building national missile defenses on to the next president.
Moynihan a Senate original
September 14, 2000
By Robert Reno Columnist for Newsday As the last of his four Senate terms draws to an end, Pat Moynihan seems well on his way to enshrinement as one of the last century’s most successful political figures, an Irish Pericles.
Hollywood gets busted
September 14, 2000
By Leonard Pitts Columnist for the Miami Herald When my kids were younger, we used to play this game. I forbade them to watch movies or listen to music I found objectionable. They pretended they were going to obey, and I pretended to believe they were going to obey.
Lewis takes to politics
Star of ‘The Way Of The Gun’ speaks about movie violence
September 14, 2000
When Juliette Lewis picks up on today’s hot-button issue violence in the media people tend to respond in one of two ways: with cynicism (Yeah, sure look who’s talking. She’s left a swath of blood on screen the size of Kansas) or with curiosity (Hey, give the lady a chance! She’s been there. Let’s listen).
Ann sticks by advice to allow nude photos in teen’s room
September 14, 2000
Nascar - Week at a glance
September 14, 2000
Horoscopes
September 14, 2000
Movie lists
September 14, 2000
Calendar
September 14, 2000
Auction may ring a bell
Red-X store owner was also an avid collector of odd items
September 14, 2000
Shoppers in the Kansas City area knew the late Ed Young as the man who built the Red-X General Store into an offbeat retail landmark. His estate sale will show that Young, who died last year, was as astute at collecting as he was at selling. During a span beginning in the 1940s, he also built a world-class bell collection and filled a warehouse with oddities, antiques and collectibles.
Daily Ticker
September 14, 2000
States seek contract protection
September 14, 2000
Sixteen states plan to push for expanded protection for farmers who produce livestock or grain under contract with large companies. Kansas isn’t among them. The 16 states will try to reduce the disparity in bargaining power between farmers and the contractors, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Wednesday.
There are lots of reasons to add Olympics to viewing options
September 14, 2000
By Fred Bowen, Special to The Washington Post We have a rule in our house: No TV on a school night. But we are going to break that rule during the next couple weeks. Why? Simple. The Olympics. Reality shows such as “Survivor” have been the rage this summer. Well, finally there is going to be some reality TV that is worth watching.
Students make the move to meatless
September 14, 2000
By Jim Baker Gabe Lewis-O’Connor has never had a steak. He’s never bitten into a juicy hamburger. He doesn’t know what chicken tastes like. That’s because Gabe, 18, a recent Lawrence High School graduate, has been a vegetarian since birth. He doesn’t eat any kind of animal flesh, though his diet does include dairy products and eggs.
Writer plots Minnesota murder mystery
Lawrence author’s ‘Six Crooked Highways’ hits area bookstores
September 14, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Wayne Johnson has been many things during his adult life, including an auto mechanic, a ski instructor and a U.S. Forest Service surveyor. But his heart was always into more creative endeavors, and that drive led him to creative writing in college.
Briefcase
September 14, 2000
AL Roundup
September 14, 2000
National Briefs
September 14, 2000
Bait’ lacks enough action to hook you
September 14, 2000
Jamie Foxx has enough personality to zip up even the most average action movie. Which is good, because “Bait” is the most average action movie.
CD reviews
September 14, 2000
Lawyers’ cash came after tort reform veto
Lawyers’ cash came after tort reform veto
September 14, 2000
A trial lawyer at the center of a dispute with Texas over tobacco litigation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars from his law firm to the Democratic Party over the last four years since Vice President Al Gore was asked to call him to seek a six-figure check.
NL Roundup
September 14, 2000
Harry Potter,’ ‘Huck Finn’ among books banned from libraries
September 14, 2000
Local Briefs
September 14, 2000
People, Faces & Things
September 14, 2000
Awards dance to a different beat
1st Latin Grammys highlight music’s prominence
September 14, 2000
Not content with his record eight Grammys in February, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana won two trophies Wednesday in the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards. The veteran rocker, capping his career resurgence, won for best pop instrumental performance, and his duet with the Mexican rockers Mana, “Corazon Espinado,” won for best rock group performance. The same song was also nominated for record of the year.
U.S. men’s soccer team ties Czech Republic
September 14, 2000
The U.S. men’s soccer team won’t march in the opening ceremony at the Summer Games. Instead, it will settle for taking a small step forward in its Olympics debut which is more than the hosts can say.
World Briefs
September 14, 2000
Board upholds teachers’ firing
State will appeal ruling of court hearing panel
September 14, 2000
The State Board of Education refused Wednesday to back away from its firing of two Kansas State School for the Deaf teachers after a student’s accidental death.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago today
September 14, 2000
Short Stuff
September 14, 2000
Knight tells Indiana students to take it easy on ‘that kid’
September 14, 2000
Bob Knight bid farewell to Indiana University, saluting cheering students and urging them to forget about the freshman who played a part in the coach’s firing.
EAT plays poke fun at ‘manly’ men
KU playwrights aim for humor
September 14, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Male gender stereotypes get pummeled in two new one-acts being staged by English Alternative Theatre.
Lawrence Briefs
September 14, 2000
Will leads to fight about woman’s sanity
September 14, 2000
Long before her suicide, Anne Katherine Abernathy would shout threats and profanities from her window, frighten children and keep her neighbors up at night by shining powerful spotlights.
Top music
September 14, 2000
Top movies
September 14, 2000
Old Home Town - 25 years ago today
September 14, 2000