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Douglas County Commission briefs
September 26, 2000
Riverbank erosion letter receives attention Commissioner eyes road safety committee
Lawrence school board briefs
September 26, 2000
School district to test new anti-drug program Board launches process for policy adoption
Survey shows Weseman support
Interim superintendent draws backing for permanent appointment
September 26, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Interim Supt. Randy Weseman has strong support in the community, especially among teachers, in his quest to become superintendent of Lawrence schools.
Hospital mourns nurses killed in freak accident
September 26, 2000
The loss of four nurses in a freak car accident in Virginia during the weekend tore through the heart of St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan on Monday, shrouding the institution in shock and sadness as news of the tragedy spread throughout the city.
Kennewick Man returned to tribes
September 26, 2000
In a setback to scientists, the U.S. Interior Department decided Monday that Kennewick Man, one of the oldest skeletons ever found in North America, should be given to five American Indian tribes that have claimed him as an ancestor.
Domestic abuse law due to expire
Clinton urges extension of Violence Against Women Act
September 26, 2000
Family violence is still a national tragedy that ruins lives and futures, President Clinton said Monday as he pressed Congress to renew a law intended to combat domestic abuse.
Millard Lewis
September 26, 2000
Pleasant Miller Jr.
September 26, 2000
Fred Davis
September 26, 2000
Homer Schoepflin
September 26, 2000
Clara Harris
September 26, 2000
Law school succeeds at lowering enrollment
September 26, 2000
By Erwin Seba Enrollment at Kansas University’s School of Law is down for fall 2000, but the decline was intentional, said Stephen McAllister, dean of the school.
KU athletics director responds
Administrator apologizes for department’s handling of alleged assault
September 26, 2000
By Tom Meagher Kansas University athletics director Bob Frederick took to the airwaves Monday to apologize for his department’s handling last spring of an alleged sexual assault of a female soccer player by members of the football team.
Lawrence briefs
September 26, 2000
Teen to plead to charges resulting from arrest County bridge to close for culvert construction
On the record
September 26, 2000
Chrebet named ‘Green Lantern’
September 26, 2000
Last week, Wayne Chrebet was a flashlight. This week, the New York Jets wide receiver is the Green Lantern.
United States beach volleyball team wins
September 26, 2000
Americans Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana refused to wilt beneath unrelenting Brazilian pressure, defeating favored Ze Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos 12-11, 12-9 to win the gold medal in Olympic men’s beach volleyball
Williams sisters advance
September 26, 2000
Venus Williams clinched her second Olympic medal today, teaming with sister Serena for a semifinal victory in doubles.
Greene ‘sore’ after winning 100 dash
Kansas City native will compete in 400 relay for United States
September 26, 2000
U.S. men’s track coach John Chaplin plans to use the combination of Jon Drummon to Tim Montgomery to Bernard Williams to Maurice Greene in all three rounds of the 4x100-meter relay at the Games.
Obit asks for Bush votes
September 26, 2000
It was an unconventional request, but in keeping with their father’s outspoken character.
Stephen King expresses sympathy in driver’s death
September 26, 2000
An autopsy did not explain the death of the man whose van struck and severely injured horror writer Stephen King, officials said Monday.
Free State football update
September 26, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Despite its recent struggles, Free State High’s football team still has at least one fan.
Band takes dead aim
Grateful Dead puts up lively fight against music pirates
September 26, 2000
The Grateful Dead’s communal spirit is part of rock ‘n’ roll lore, but the band is just as merciless as the next capitalist when a digital pirate tries to make money off its music.
Milosevic’s concession sought
Opposition supporters celebrate; official results still awaited
September 26, 2000
Tens of thousands of jubilant opposition supporters celebrated Monday their apparent electoral victory over President Slobodan Milosevic, who was seeking to force a runoff despite calls to accept the end of his 13 years in power.
Senate OKs $7.8 billion plan for Florida Everglades
Far-reaching proposal would be most expansive ecosystem restoration project ever
September 26, 2000
The U.S. Senate on Monday overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching master plan to transform the Everglades in a long-awaited legislative breakthrough expected to lead to the most expansive ecosystem restoration in the nation’s history.
Boston Police seek Pierce’s attacker
Former KU standout in fair condition after stabbing
September 26, 2000
Paul Pierce, an emerging star on the Boston Celtics, remained hospitalized in fair condition Monday after being seriously injured in a nightclub stabbing. Police said Pierce, who played college basketball at Kansas University, was with several friends, including a teammate identified in broadcast reports as Tony Battie, when he was attacked about 1 a.m. Monday during a private event at the Buzz Club in the city’s theater district.
Bengals’ coach Coslet quits
Offensivive coordinator LeBeau takes over
September 26, 2000
Cincinnati Bengals coach Bruce Coslet quit Monday, a day after his team lost its third game in a row and second straight without scoring a point.
Daily Ticker
September 26, 2000
Kansas farmers start seeding 2001 wheat crop
September 26, 2000
Kansas farmers have begun seeding their 2001 winter wheat crop, even as harvest for major fall crops rolls at a record pace across the state, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Health complaints increase
Report tracks satisfaction of firms’ business in Kansas
September 26, 2000
By Mark Fagan Kansas policyholders increasingly are voicing dissatisfaction with their health insurance companies, a new study indicates. In its recently released annual report of customer complaints against insurance companies doing business in Kansas, the Kansas Insurance Department found that the number of complaints filed against health insurance companies went up.
Parole board considers Bird appeals
Family, friends seek release of former minister convicted of murder
September 26, 2000
Former Emporia minister Thomas Bird, serving life for killing his wife, was portrayed by friends and family at a parole hearing Monday as a compassionate man who cared for his family.
Ousted sheriff wants recertified
September 26, 2000
Former Shawnee County Sheriff Dave Meneley wants a judge to overturn a state agency’s order that stripped him of the certificate he needs to work as a law enforcement officer in Kansas.
24 hours shy of victory in Iraq
September 26, 2000
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate What really happened in the closing hours of Desert Storm? Did the operation’s commander, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, urge finishing the job just as President Bush was throwing away victory with both hands? The answer is yes, and here is the story, pieced together from several high-ranking sources.
Gore plays politics with oil
September 26, 2000
By Cal Thomas Columnist for Los Angeles Times Syndicate The definition of strategic, for people interested in such things in the age of Clintonisms, is “necessary to or important in the initiation, conduct or completion of a strategic plan; required for the conduct of war … of great importance within an integrated whole or to a planned effect.”
Former professor presses retaliation probe
September 26, 2000
By Erwin Seba A former Kansas University professor and her attorney say the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the professor’s complaint against KU. Cynthia Annett, a former assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, claims the university retaliated against her when it rejected her application to be assistant director of the Equal Opportunity Office at KU.
Red tide fouls Gulf Coast
September 26, 2000
A bloom of toxic red tide algae is spreading along the Texas Gulf Coast, shutting down some oyster fishing and killing millions of fish whose rotting remains are fouling beaches
Biotech industry endorses crop control
September 26, 2000
A group representing the biotechnology industry endorsed proposals by Kraft Foods to tighten controls on genetically engineered crops in the wake of a recall of taco shells made with corn that isn’t approved for human consumption.
German museums return art to Jewish family
September 26, 2000
Two German museums returned more than 80 artworks Monday to a Jewish art-lover’s heirs decades after they first sought compensation for a collection seized by the Nazis.
Scientists defrost 5,300-year-old mummy
September 26, 2000
Scientists thawed out the Iceman, removing samples of bone, tissue and teeth from the 5,300-year-old mummy on Monday in hopes of of shedding light on the life and times of the ancient man who once roamed the Alps.
Castro rallies his faithful in familiar protest
Thousands of Cubans march to condemn U.S. immigration policies
September 26, 2000
Thousands of people answered the communist government’s call Monday to crowd outside the U.S. mission and protest immigration policies it blames for last week’s dramatic departure of a group of Cubans aboard a stolen plane.
Existing-home sales jump in August
September 26, 2000
Americans, taking advantage of a reprieve from rising interest rates, drove sales of existing homes up by a surprising 9.3 percent in August, the biggest leap in 14 months. Sales of existing homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million units last month after falling sharply in July, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Many analysts had expected sales to increase by 4.4 percent.
KPERS hopes ads will help change law
$30,000 campaign works toward new amendment
September 26, 2000
The state pension fund has started a $300,000 advertising campaign designed to persuade voters to approve a constitutional amendment to allow it to invest in bank stocks. Advertisements from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS, appeared in newspapers Monday, part of a four-day print campaign. KPERS plans to begin radio advertising in Topeka and television advertising across the state Oct. 9.
Nation briefs
September 26, 2000
Spate of shootings reported Movie ratings refined
White Sox clinch
September 26, 2000
Jerry Manuel’s eyes and instincts told him a year ago what others could not see. The Chicago White Sox were not far from being a contender.
Fox offers $2.5 billion for postseason
NBC, ESPN have until today to match bid on rights to all playoff games
September 26, 2000
Fox has offered about $2.5 billion in a bid to grab major league baseball’s entire postseason package from 2001-06, the Associated Press has learned.
NL Roundup
September 26, 2000
Tom Glavine knows he’s in the right place to win games.
Candidates put spotlight on schools
Influence outweighs spending on education
September 26, 2000
From sleeping over in teachers’ homes to reading books to inner-city children, the presidential candidates are pitching education plans with a fervor rarely seen in national politics.
AL Roundup
September 26, 2000
The dreaded three-headed, doubleheader monster the Indians feared is finally over. And Cleveland’s season is looking scarier, too.
Wedd thrilled with offensive line
September 26, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Nearly 400 yards of total offense and 35 points will do wonders for a football coach’s confidence in his team, especially on the heels of a shutout.
Gymnast stripped of gold
Romanian loses all-around medal after testing positive for banned substance
September 26, 2000
Andreea Raducan, the pint-sized Romanian gymnast whose looks and talent remind many of Nadia Comaneci, was stripped of her all-around gold medal today after testing positive for a banned drug.
Holocaust ‘myth’ debated
At issue: whether Nazis made soap from victims
September 26, 2000
A dispute about a new memoir has cast a spotlight on the powerfully enduring belief that the Nazis made soap from the bodies of Jews something that Holocaust scholars largely dismiss as myth.
Commissioner raises caution flag on 31st Street
Jones warns of getting hopes high on improvements; city and county to meet about road
September 26, 2000
By Joy Ludwig A Douglas County commissioner said Monday that he doubted it would be possible for the city and county to make improvements to 31st Street.
Global finances shored up
Summit aids rich, poor countries
September 26, 2000
World finance leaders savored fragile victories Monday in their efforts to cut oil prices and boost the shaky European currency while pledging to double the number of poor countries getting debt relief by year’s end.
KU to have conference for childhood educators
September 26, 2000
A conference for early childhood educators will take place Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, at Kansas University.
Charles Sutton
September 26, 2000
Wings to ink Draper today?
September 26, 2000
Two days after Slava Kozlov ended his holdout and joined his Red Wings teammates, forward Kris Draper might do the same this morning.
Business Briefcase
September 26, 2000
Briefly
September 26, 2000
Main Street’ reclaimed
Officials unveil plan to reopen Pennsylvania Avenue
September 26, 2000
It is often called “America’s Main Street,” but for the last five years, only foot traffic has been allowed on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. That would change under a plan unveiled Monday.
Studies: World has plenty of oil; it’s just hard to reach
September 26, 2000
As America lives through yet another fuel crunch, with short-term oil supplies running low, the underlying question recurs: Are we almost on empty?
KU fall enrollment rises 1.7 percent
September 26, 2000
By Erwin Seba Kansas University fall enrollment is up 1.7 percent over last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Mildred Hack
September 26, 2000
Netherlands cyclist strikes gold
Zijlaard finishes in three hours, six minutes, 31 seconds for second title of Games
September 26, 2000
Karen Kurreck’s jersey was torn across her back. Mari Holden’s elbows and knees were scraped. And their bikes? Well, they were in worse shape than the riders.
People
September 26, 2000
Horoscopes
September 26, 2000
KU-KSU jilted by Big 12 television once again
September 26, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Word came down late Monday morning and Bob Frederick was hardly thunderstruck. Frederick is Kansas University’s athletics director and he wasn’t a bit surprised when the Big 12 Conference office announced its television games for Oct. 7.
KU hopes to extend sizz at OU
Jayhawks can win fourth straight this weekend
September 26, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock All Kansas University football coach Terry Allen asks of his Jayhawks this week is a selective memory. Or at least a short one. KU has won three straight over Oklahoma its longest winning streak since 1922-24 in the otherwise lopsided series and you’d better believe Allen is pointing that out this week as the Jayhawks prepare for their Big 12 opener Saturday at OU.
Jayhawks stunned by attack
Kansas players, coaches couldn’t believe former KU standout Pierce was stabbed
September 26, 2000
By Gary Bedore Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams was “shocked and saddened” Monday morning upon learning ex-Jayhawk Paul Pierce had been stabbed at a Boston nightclub. “Paul Pierce is one of the greatest young men I have ever been around,” Williams said before heading out of town on a recruiting trip.
Teach daughter to view her height as a special gift
September 26, 2000
Nation briefs
September 26, 2000
Mother pleads to killing baby in microwave Priest robbed by ‘needy’ gunman
Candidates stump at forum
Baldwin gathering allows hopefuls to discuss issues
September 26, 2000
By Tom Meagher Education, taxes, and traffic on Lawrence’s 23rd Street were some of the big issues that confronted political candidates at a forum Monday night. Fourteen candidates gathered at the Baldwin City American Legion hall to introduce themselves to more than 50 attendees. The forum was sponsored by the Town and Country Republican Women, South Douglas County Democrats and the Baldwin chapters of the American Association of University Women and Business and Professional Women.
News briefs
September 26, 2000
Hard Rock to offer live music Former Sotheby’s chief to pay bulk of settlement
Private schools growing, expanding
Trend is opposite of that at city’s public schools
September 26, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Smaller classes, integration of religion into the curriculum and specialized course offerings are credited with an enrollment boom at Lawrence’s private schools. Even as Lawrence public school enrollment fell this year, most of the city’s private schools are booming and eyeing expansion.
Buffaloes not bummed heading into Big 12
Despite being off its wors start in 14 years, Colorado feels it can make some noise during conference play
September 26, 2000
As the only Big 12 school without a victory, Colorado might be one of the most dangerous teams heading into the first week of conference play. After all, it’s hard to imaging things getting any worse.
Carter’s slam dunk dazzles world
U.S. jumping jack leaps over 7-foot-2 player from France on mind-boggling bucket
September 26, 2000
Incroyable! Vince Carter’s spread-eagle slam dunk over the head of 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis of France on Monday was so incredible it left people grasping for words in two languages.
Incentives on; attendance up
Garden City High School evaluates whether $100 prizes lured students
September 26, 2000
Although attendance was higher than usual on the three days last week that Garden City High School used an incentive program offering a chance for a cash prize, officials weren’t sure yet whether that was the reason.
Polls don’t always predict success
September 26, 2000
By Will Lester Associated Press Writer Presidential debates can have a subtle, important effect on a close race that sometimes has been difficult to measure in the polls in past election years, analysts say.
Conservatism faces frustrations
September 26, 2000
By George Will Columnist for Washington Post Writers Group In democracies, decadent political movements explain their defeats in terms of tactics: Our message is fine but our messengers are flawed. Conservatives said that after their 1992 and 1996 presidential defeats.
Account ordered for money
$15,000 seized from ex-employee’s home will wait out trial
September 26, 2000
A judge ordered attorneys Monday to set up a bank account to hold more than $15,000 seized from the home of a former employee accused of stealing from the Kansas Lottery. Shawnee County District Judge Thomas Conklin said during a court hearing that the joint account would be established by the state and William Rork, the attorney for the former employee, Richard Lee Knowlton.
Official excels at fitness test
Commissioner Jones says if he can do it deputies also should be able to
September 26, 2000
By Joy Ludwig If Douglas County commissioner Charles Jones can pass a physical fitness test with flying colors, he says the county’s law enforcement officers should at least be able to meet the current minimum standard.
Poll: Young adults have high interest but low resolve
September 26, 2000
Young voters are very interested in the top political issues, but that doesn’t appear to translate into plans to vote. Fewer than half of adults ages 18 to 24 say they definitely will vote in November, a new poll says.