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Lawrence pelted by hail, heavy rains
April 10, 2001
(Updated Tuesday at 5:35 p.m.) Heavy rain and pea-sized hail pelted the Lawrence area over the noon hour Tuesday, leading to flooding some some city streets. The area is in a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Dow surges past 10,000 on tech rebound
April 10, 2001
(Updated Tuesday at 3:51 p.m.)
Hemenway calls for tax increase
KU chancellor says tax increase must be part of budget solution
April 10, 2001
(Updated Wednesday at 2:25 a.m.) Legislators should increase taxes to help solve the state’s budget problems, University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway says.
Koch avoids trial with deal
Pipeline company to pay $20 million fine
April 10, 2001
One of the country’s biggest oil pipeline companies has agreed to pay a $20 million fine to avoid trial on charges it violated federal air pollution laws and then tried to cover it up.
Amazon to beat expectations
Report sends shares for online retailer up 34 percent
April 10, 2001
Seeking to head off speculation, Amazon.com Inc. said Monday it expects to beat Wall Street expectations when it releases first quarter results later this month. Its shares climbed nearly 34 percent.
Online move an economic decision
After 23 years in print, Kansas Business Review gets a new name, format
April 10, 2001
By Mark Fagan Facing dwindling circulation and rising costs, the publisher of an academic business journal is taking a material step to become more efficient. It’s going out of print on paper, anyway.
Briefs
April 10, 2001
Cardinals trade Mabry, activate Bonilla Arizona’s Witt to miss at least four weeks Hunter hits 15-day DL
Jayhawks’ top pitcher nursing sore shoulder
Freshman ace Pierce unlikely to pitch this evening against Wichita State; other Kansas players battling bronchitis
April 10, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Several players are suffering from bronchitis. Her top pitcher has a sore arm. Still, Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge must press on.
Collison slated for minor surgery
Sophomore forward battling bursitis; awards ceremony on tap tonight
April 10, 2001
By Gary Bedore Nick Collison will show up for tonight’s Kansas University basketball awards ceremony with his right arm in a sling. Collison, KU’s 6-foot-9 sophomore forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa, will undergo surgery this morning to alleviate bursitis in his right elbow.
KU women to hold banquet on April 21
April 10, 2001
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team’s annual awards banquet will be Saturday, April 21, at the Holiday Inn Holidome. Tickets are $20 per person, and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Inkster promotes Hutch event
April 10, 2001
Seeing women’s professional golf on television just isn’t enough, says Juli Inkster, the LPGA Hall of Famer who was in Hutchinson on Monday to promote next year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Olathe North baseball pounds Firebirds
April 10, 2001
A big inning caused big problems for Free State High’s baseball team Monday.
O-South softball sweeps Lions
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us’
April 10, 2001
By Kelly Rathbun Lawrence High softball coach Reenie Stogsdill has had better days. Olathe South swept Stogsdill’s Lions, 10-2 and 8-2, on Monday at Holcom.
New York hammers Kansas City
Posada, O’Neill tag homers in rout of KC
April 10, 2001
By David Mitchell They don’t call them the Bronx Bombers for nothing. Jorge Posada launched a three-run homer off Kansas City starter Blake Stein in the third inning, and Paul O’Neill tagged reliever Kris Wilson with a two-run shot in the seventh. In between, the New York Yankees manufactured eight runs in a 13-4 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Friends and neighbors
April 10, 2001
Lottery summarizes revenue distribution
April 10, 2001
Senate Bill 156 would have legalized slot machines at dog and horse racing tracks if approved by voters in the surrounding county. Senators voted 23-17 to kill the bill on March 22, but supporters are hoping to revive the proposal.
Trees, animals subjects of new laws
April 10, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves has signed into law bills dealing with promoting buffaloes, preventing mad cow disease and celebrating trees.
Teacher loss
April 10, 2001
NBA briefs
April 10, 2001
Bryant may return tonight for Lakers Wells out for season with knee injury
Help ALL schools
April 10, 2001
Bush gets stuck in study hall
April 10, 2001
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe And to think that I was skeptical of George W. when he said education would be at the top of his dance card. Maybe the malapropisms misled me. Maybe I was put off by his most famous tip for teachers: “You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
Breach of faith
April 10, 2001
J-W Editorials Community college counties are getting the tax relief promised in the Higher Education Coordination Act. Why do legislators think it’s acceptable to renege on the pledge to increase university faculty salaries?
Lawrence school board briefs
April 10, 2001
East Heights to benefit from $60,000 grant Mobile classroom, library shelves approved School board postpones reading discussion
Lawrence briefs
April 10, 2001
Stabbing suspect turns himself in Suspects identified in bank robbery Charges filed in battery case
New science classes adopted amid dissent
April 10, 2001
By Tim Carpenter The Lawrence school board Monday voted, with one strenuous dissent, to offer two new life science courses at the district’s high schools.
Frederick Northern Sr.
April 10, 2001
Ruth Gale
April 10, 2001
County commission
April 10, 2001
County may waive bids for sewer benefit district Activist warns of water shortage Commission leaves meeting time the same
Cancer survivor thanks donors
52-year-old to start work again with medical bills paid
April 10, 2001
By Dave Ranney Vicci Erwin couldn’t be happier. She has finished her chemotherapy, her breast cancer is in remission and her hair slowly is making a comeback. Best of all, her medical bills are paid.
Ammonia-filled tankers derail
Surrounding neighborhood was never in danger, officials say
April 10, 2001
By Mike Belt Emergency crews Monday removed anhydrous ammonia from two railroad tank cars that overturned near 11th and Haskell streets earlier in the day. The tankers, each carrying eight tons of the chemical, were being transported by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad freight train. The tankers had been loaded at Farmland Industries Inc. nitrogen fertilizer plant in East Lawrence, plant manager Dick Lind said.
News briefs
April 10, 2001
Gay man to head AIDS office Alcohol treatment studied Fiji, Malaysia warnings issued Siamese twins separated
Pickups, SUVs fare poorly in crash tests
April 10, 2001
Pickups and sport utility vehicles might look tough, but seven models that recently were crashed into poles for low-speed bumper tests proved to be cream puffs. Of the 2001 models tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only Ford Motor Co.’s small Escape SUV, a crossover built on a carlike unit-body chassis, earned an acceptable rating for crash-worthiness.
Passenger van rollover risk seen
April 10, 2001
The government warned on Monday that 15-passenger vans like those used to shuttle college teams, church groups and airport passengers have a dramatically higher risk of rollover when fully loaded.
From trade to Olympics, stakes high in China standoff
April 10, 2001
The ripple effects from the U.S.-China standoff could spread far and wide. Billions in trade, crucial to both countries, may hang in the balance. Also at stake could be U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Beijing’s bid to host the Olympics and the credibility of Presidents George W. Bush and Jiang Zemin.
Critics see red as funds bled dry
What GOP calls ‘trim,’ Democrats call ‘gouge’
April 10, 2001
President Bush targeted scores of federal programs on Monday to make room for his $1.6 trillion tax cut, proposing to slash funds for urban police patrols, energy conservation and pediatrician training.
On the record
April 10, 2001
NASCAR reviewing racer’s death
Panel looking into Earnhardt crash made up of experts in crash reconstruction areas
April 10, 2001
NASCAR has commissioned an accident reconstruction review into the death of Dale Earnhardt but doesn’t expect to know exactly what happened in the wreck until August. Few details of the accident review were released Monday in a conference call by NASCAR. A spokesman read a statement from president Mike Helton and no questions were allowed.
S. Korea at odds with Japan
April 10, 2001
South Korea ratcheted up its dispute with Japan over a controversial textbook Monday by announcing that it would recall its ambassador for what it sees as a historical whitewash.
Twins adopted through online service ordered back to U.S.
April 10, 2001
The “Internet Twins” born in America and adopted by a British couple through an online service should go home to have a court decide who should raise them, a judge ruled Monday.
Dad not a popular spectator
April 10, 2001
By Tony Kornheiser Creators Syndicate My sweet baboo Elizabeth, who’s a high-school senior now, has finally given me permission to attend her softball games. This was a long time coming. The last time she said it was OK for me to be anywhere near her was 1992 but that’s because I was driving her to the mall. She insisted on sitting in the back seat and made me promise not to speak to her or play the radio. “Ohmigod, what if we drove past one of my friends, and you were bobbing your head to the music the way you do? I’d have to, like, transfer schools!”
Climate scientists work around U.S. stance
April 10, 2001
Smaller crop yields. Earlier flu seasons. Deadlier and more frequent storms.
California purchases electric lines
April 10, 2001
In a bid to pull the state’s second biggest utility back from the brink of bankruptcy, Gov. Gray Davis announced a deal on Monday for the state to buy power lines from Southern California Edison for $2.76 billion.
People
April 10, 2001
Depp escapes to France Football team gets mob backing Brooks on Broadway Cuban missile crisis goes to Cuba
Maine, Vt., N.H. are least integrated states
April 10, 2001
John Tucker is sticking it out in Vermont, but he isn’t urging his three grown children to join him.
Fox television succeeding with fresh programs
April 10, 2001
It was a sign of desperation at Fox last May when executives, on faith alone, gave a schedule slot to a series promised by “ER” creator Michael Crichton. They couldn’t announce a title, a cast or a plot. There was no show, either, as it turned out.
TV was wrong prescription for ‘Dr. Laura’
April 10, 2001
While it’s always gratifying to look prescient, no special foresight was required to predict “Dr. Laura,” the TV show featuring radio host Laura Schlessinger, would likely fail.
Technical degrees pay off for grads
April 10, 2001
College graduates with engineering and computer science diplomas get the best-paying jobs, while an education degree yields the lowest monthly income, the Census Bureau concludes.
Sideline
April 10, 2001
Kansas Speedway sold out Aikman calls it quits Redskins sign Lockett Owner: Jordan to unretire
Jayhawks’ secondary taking shape
April 10, 2001
By Rob Sinclair Kansas University might want to see if it’s too late to alter its football schedule for this fall because Saturdays certainly haven’t been kind to the Jayhawks this spring. KU coach Terry Allen confirmed Monday that senior cornerback Andrew Davison was done for the spring after suffering a separated shoulder during Saturday’s scrimmage.
Free State rules tennis dual
Elwell lone Lawrence High winner in 8-1 intracity loss to FSHS
April 10, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High might have the top boys tennis player in town, but Free State has the top team. The Firebirds dominated LHS, 8-1, in an intracity tennis dual Monday at Lawrence Tennis Center. FSHS won all three doubles matches to take control of the dual and captured five of six singles matches.
KU men’s golf picked fourth
April 10, 2001
Kansas University’s men’s golf team was picked fourth in a poll of the Big 12 Conference coaches.
QB Aikman calls it quits
Longtime Cowboy to try broadcasting
April 10, 2001
Three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman announced his retirement Monday at Texas Stadium.
John Pickens
April 10, 2001
Art auction sets record
April 10, 2001
By Mike Belt Saturday night’s auction at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., brought in a record amount, according to Rick Mitchell, gallery director.
Nation briefs
April 10, 2001
Fruit of the Loom files legal briefs Cornell to establish medical school in Qatar Convicted murder’s charge reduced
Neighbor’s thievery may lead to trouble down the road
April 10, 2001
Daily ticker
April 10, 2001
Briefcase
April 10, 2001
NBC to close subsidiary Northwest, union reach deal Bank One to purchase portfolio from Wachovia Prudential to go public
Twins tame Tigers, 11-5
Minnesota takes home opener against Detroit
April 10, 2001
The Minnesota Twins figure they’ll have to be creative to score runs this season.
LHS splits twinbill with Vikes in baseball
April 10, 2001
The defending Class 6A state baseball champion might be down, but don’t count Lawrence High out. The Lions split a doubleheader with Shawnee Mission West on Monday at 3&2 Fields, winning 8-6 in the first game before dropping the nightcap, 5-3. Despite a losing record, the Lions (2-3) are feeling pretty confident.
Ted Conklin
April 10, 2001
Rivers nearing flood stage in Dakotas, Minnesota
April 10, 2001
The Red River was expected to crest at 10 feet above flood stage in communities south of here and workers were piling up sand bags and raising levees Monday to avoid a repeat of the devastating flood of four years ago.
BIA takes Haskell out of SLT equation
KDOT favors 32nd Street alignment
April 10, 2001
By Dave Ranney The federal agency that oversees Haskell Indian Nations University has agreed to drop the university’s longstanding opposition to the South Lawrence Trafficway. State highway officials and at least one Haskell official say the agreement could pave the way for completion of the long-fought route. Opponents said the agreement changes nothing.
DAV spreads word on benefits
April 10, 2001
By Mike Belt Elden Lovelett was hoping for a little help buying glasses and a hearing aid. But by the time the 76-year-old World War II veteran finished talking Monday afternoon to representatives from the Disabled American Veterans, it turned out better than that.
Fat cells show promise as basis for other treatments
April 10, 2001
Fat, the great American obsession, might aid treatments for a variety of conditions, from cartilage implants in damaged knees to brain implants for Parkinson’s disease and strokes, researchers report today.
Briefly_________________________________
April 10, 2001
Widened road near bridge open to through traffic The new road by Chicken Creek Bridge is open to through traffic, according to the Douglas County Public Works Department. Keith Browning, the county’s public works director, said the new roadway meets current standards and allows two vehicles to pass at a time. The previous road was too narrow, which prevented farmers from taking wide machinery across it. The bridge is located on East 850 Road, just east of Lone Star Lake. Browning said the restoration of the stone arch of the 1913 stone bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, should be completed in about three weeks. _________________________________ Schools Two students arrested in graffiti threat case Two ninth-grade students were suspended from school and arrested by Lawrence Police Monday for allegedly writing threatening graffiti at Central Junior High School, 1400 Mass. The students, one male and one female, also face a disciplinary hearing that could lead to their expulsion from school. They allegedly scrawled threats on the school’s walls last week. “There will be consequences for students found responsible for making threats toward our school,” Principal Ted Juneau said. The girl was arrested but later released to the custody of a parent, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The boy was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in North Lawrence. Their names weren’t released, but they were each arrested in connection with criminal threat, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal damage, Pattrick said. A third threat this one written on a poster was found Monday at the school. It may be linked to the previous threats, said Brian McCaffrey, assistant principal. “Possibly the same folks,” he said. On Monday, Lawrence police and parents of Central students bolstered the adult presence at the school. The threats haven’t scared students away from school, though. “I think the parents and the students are not going to give into these type of threats,” McCaffrey said. Threats also were found recently at Southwest Junior High School and Free State High School. _________________________________ Hospitals 13-year-old bicyclist in serious condition A 13-year-old Lawrence boy remained in serious condition Monday at a Kansas City, Mo., hospital after being struck while riding his bicycle Friday evening. Ben Ainlay had been riding his bicycle in the 4600 block of Harvard Road when he was struck by a westbound 1998 Chrysler Sebring driven by Rebecca Walker, 54, of Lawrence, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, about 140 feet east of the intersection of Harvard Road and Justin Street. Although details surrounding the accident remained under investigation, it appeared that the collision occurred as Ainlay crossed from one side of the road to the other, Pattrick said. Ainlay was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital from the accident scene. Walker suffered minor injuries, Pattrick said. _________________________________ Lecture Nader to appear Monday in Lawrence Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader will participate in a fund raiser for the Kansas Green Party Monday in Lawrence. The fund raiser will be held at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 12th Street and Oread Avenue. Doors to the event will open at 2 p.m. Nader will speak and sign autographs during the event. Tickets are $30 or $15 for students. To reserve tickets, call 832-1345 or e-mail ksgreensfundraiser@yahoo.com.
Budget outlook may change slot machine bill’s luck
April 10, 2001
The state’s bad budget news is good news for supporters of a proposal to legalize slot machines.
Summer power shortage not likely
April 10, 2001
As thousands of Kansans wonder about paying off winter heating bills, there comes another concern: Will there be blackouts or brownouts this summer when electricity use rises with the temperatures?
KU men bowlers earn No. 11 ranking
April 10, 2001
Kansas University’s men’s bowling team is ranked 11th in the last BWAA College Poll of the season.
Pops’ Stargell dies at 61
Pirates’ Hall of Fame slugger succumbs to stroke
April 10, 2001
The Family has lost its patriarch. Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, who led the Pirates to two World Series victories with his tape-measure homers, died of a stroke Monday at age 61.
U.S. school failing children
April 10, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The report cards keep getting worse. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest test results on how well (or, to be more accurate, how poorly) students in government-run schools read. The results indicate that less than a third of our fourth-graders are proficient in reading and the gap between the best and worst readers is widening.
Trial ordered in kidnapping case
17-year-old pleads innocent to charges of abducting two children
April 10, 2001
By Kevin Bates A teary-eyed Natasha Helm was led from the courtroom Monday after she was ordered to stand trial for kidnapping two brothers from their Lawrence home earlier this year. Helm, 17, seemed distraught as she was led away, but she had appeared calm, and even in good spirits, throughout a preliminary hearing, during which a Lawrence police detective said Helm unabashedly admitted taking the children.
She asks the tough questions
Radio journalist shows moxie in her left-wing radical approach to issues
April 10, 2001
The leader of the free world scolded Amy Goodman, calling her “hostile,” “combative” and “disrespectful” on her national radio show.
Region briefs
April 10, 2001
Car-bike collision injures 12-year-old Student group to have sand castle tournament Foundation offers grants Center to have open house
As PNC Park opens, Pirates say goodbye to Stargell
April 10, 2001
A day of celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates became a rite of sadness Monday as they mourned the death of Hall of Famer Willie Stargell on the very day they moved into PNC Park.
Reds ruin Pirates’ PNC debut
Casey’s five RBIs send Cincinnati to 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh
April 10, 2001
How’s this for a script for the Pirates’ first game in PNC Park: a former Pittsburgh high school star hits the first homer and drives in all the big runs.
Santaularia places second in Manhattan
April 10, 2001
Free State High’s Charlie Santaularia placed second at the Manhattan Invitational golf tournament Monday.
Nation briefs
April 10, 2001
Police dog attacks girl in botched call 6 people killed when car drives into lake Triple drowning results from creek rescue try Would-be rescuers die during attempt
Sixers drill Celts, 108-95
Philadelphia clinches best record in East
April 10, 2001
The Philadelphia 76ers have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now their sights are set on the best record in the NBA.
Melanie Spearman
April 10, 2001
Requiem request falls on deaf ears
April 10, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Composer David Woodard wants his music to be the last thing Timothy McVeigh hears when the convicted Oklahoma City bomber is executed next month. But it’s not because he holds any ill will toward McVeigh.
Horoscopes
April 10, 2001