Archive for Wednesday, April 11, 2001

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Plane on way to pick up U.S. Navy crew from China
China agrees to release 24 crew members after compromise
April 11, 2001
(Web Posted Wednesday at 3:55 p.m.) Ending an intense 11-day standoff, China agreed Wednesday to release the 24-member crew of an American spy plane after President Bush said the United States was “very sorry” for a Chinese pilot’s death and the U.S. plane’s landing without permission.
Stampede at soccer match kills at least 45
April 11, 2001
(Web Posted Wednesday at 3:42 p.m.) A stampede that began when fans tried to push their way into a packed soccer stadium left at least 45 people dead Wednesday, with bodies strewn across the field, emergency officials said.
Historical note
April 11, 2001
Police briefs
April 11, 2001
Eudora man pleads to indecent liberties Prison sentence ordered in meth case 22-year-old charged in stabbing incident Road rage incident leads to arrest Innocent plea entered in fraternity arson case
Jordan still ‘99.9 percent sure’ he won’t make comeback
April 11, 2001
Once again, Michael Jordan downplayed the notion that he’s planning a comeback. Once again, he left the door one-tenth of a percentage point open that it just might happen.
Mourning turns up Heat
Iverson scores 41, but Philly falls to Miami, 83-81
April 11, 2001
Alonzo Mourning’s best game yet made all the difference against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Strawberry’s wife supports him
April 11, 2001
The wife of former Yankees’ slugger Darryl Strawberry said she fully supports her husband, calling his drug addiction a disease that can’t be treated in jail.
On the record
April 11, 2001
Briefs
April 11, 2001
Hudler had bleeding, not an aneurysm Reds ‘blundered’ on roster move
Chase for Stanley Cup fuels Lemieux
April 11, 2001
The thing that was missing from retiree Mario Lemieux’s life was this: The chase for the Stanley Cup.
Knights win playoff game
April 11, 2001
Former Kansas players Ryan Robertson and Rex Walters scored 14 points apiece, while former Jayhawk Ben Davis added 10 in the Kansas City Knights’ 132-112 ABA 2000 playoff victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday at Kemper Arena.
Gamecocks woo Odom from Wake
April 11, 2001
Wake Forest’s Dave Odom took the job as South Carolina’s basketball coach Tuesday after the school’s first two choices turned it down.
Stiles drafted by men’s team
USBL’s Dodge City Legend picks Southwest Missouri State standout 19th
April 11, 2001
Jackie Stiles, the Southwest Missouri State basketball standout who set the NCAA women’s career scoring record last season, has been drafted by a men’s professional team the Dodge City Legend of the United States Basketball League.
KU soccer player breaks leg in match
April 11, 2001
Kansas University soccer player Carmel Kaplinger suffered a broken leg in a 2-0 exhibition victory over Oklahoma State in the KU Spring Classic last weekend.
Sideline
April 11, 2001
Rain a pain for local events Broncos sign McGlockton
Researchers crack genetic code for strep throat bacteria
April 11, 2001
Scientists have cracked the genetic code for the bacteria that cause strep throat, rheumatic fever and a flesh-eating disease, raising hopes of better treatments for such illnesses.
Separated twins recovering from surgery
April 11, 2001
Before a grueling four-day operation to separate 11-month-old Siamese twins, doctors rehearsed in virtual reality, working through 3-D images of the girls’ fused heads and the intertwined arteries of their brains.
World briefs
April 11, 2001
Israelis attack Palestinian sites U.S. troops caught in Kosovo firefight
Cincinnati demonstrators riot
April 11, 2001
Police fired bean bags, rubber bullets and tear gas to quell demonstrators who broke windows downtown Tuesday in a protest over the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
Poll: Support mixed for faith-based charity
April 11, 2001
A majority of Americans support the idea of religious groups getting government money to provide social services, according to a poll. But they are sharply divided on specifics of the proposal backed by the Bush administration.
Gale Services
April 11, 2001
Warner Finger
April 11, 2001
Slave graves unearthed at Monticello
April 11, 2001
For the first time, archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be a cemetery of slaves owned by Thomas Jefferson and buried outside the home of the third president.
Energy regulators’ interest mixed on price controls
April 11, 2001
High electricity prices pose a “looming disaster” for many states in the West, a federal regulator warned Tuesday, as pressure grew on the government to consider temporary price controls on wholesale power.
Gooden: ‘I’m staying’
Jayhawk forward says he’ll return for his junior season
April 11, 2001
By Gary Bedore “I’m staying” is becoming a popular saying at Kansas. Sophomore forward Drew Gooden on Tuesday night copied coach Roy Williams’ summertime announcement, telling a KU Basketball Awards Ceremony crowd of 1,000 he’d decided to return to college for his junior season.
Rate increase hearing sparks debate
Wichita, Topeka turn critical eye toward KGE/KPL electric-rate disparity
April 11, 2001
A request from the state’s largest electric company for a $151 million rate increase has rekindled a feud between Wichita and Topeka over what their residents pay for power. Public hearings begin Wednesday on Western Resources Inc.’s request to raise rates $58 million for customers of its KGE subsidiary in Wichita and southeast Kansas and $93 million for its KPL unit in Topeka and northeast Kansas.
ECO2 continues ‘exchange of ideas’
April 11, 2001
By Mark Fagan By year’s end, a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce task force intends to offer the community a list of potential sites for new industrial parks and areas for preserving open space. But first things first.
Panel debates factors in luring firms
April 11, 2001
By Joel Mathis Lawrence is a nice place to live, but that might not matter when prospective businesses come calling. Debi Moore, vice president of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday that a national survey of manufacturers and distributors shows companies look at a host of other factors before quality of life when selecting a location.
CBS lawsuit says ‘Boot Camp’ too much a ‘Survivor’ clone
April 11, 2001
When reviews of “Boot Camp” came out, it was called “‘Survivor in fatigues,” and now CBS is filing a lawsuit claiming that Fox’s show is a rip-off of the No. 1-rated reality show “Survivor.”
SU2’ does not excite
April 11, 2001
Kate Benson (Alexondra Lee) is a pretty, shapely Chicago police officer with the unfortunate habit of witnessing paranormal phenomena. After reporting that a young girl has been kidnapped by a flying gargoyle, it looks like Kate is going to be drummed out of the force.
Panettone makes for a special occasion
April 11, 2001
This Easter panettone, a variation of the traditional Italian braided loaf, is flavored with citron, raisins, pine nuts and anise seeds. Italians serve panettone at Easter, weddings, christenings and other special occasions, in addition to Christmas.
Briefcase
April 11, 2001
Lou Dobbs to return to CNN’s ‘Moneyline’ U.S. slowdown leads to global letdown Aetna shares tumble on earnings warning Cancellations blamed for Cypress shortfall
Motorola misses lowered estimates
April 11, 2001
Motorola Inc. posted its first loss in recent memory Tuesday, slipping even further into the red than analysts expected as the economic slowdown cut into the company’s first-quarter mobile phone and chip sales.
Indian tribes brace for slot onslaught
Casinos may have to gamble on alternate income if off-reservation gaming begins in Kansas
April 11, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Off-reservation slot machines are inevitable in Kansas, the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission told a group Tuesday at Haskell Indian Nations University. And the tribes that run the state’s four Indian casinos should prepare for a financial hit when that competition arrives, Montie Deer said.
No recession ahead, KC Fed chief says
Some improvement’ foreseen this quarter
April 11, 2001
The economic slowdown probably will continue “through a good part of the second quarter,” but the nation is not headed toward a recession, says Tom Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Daily ticker
April 11, 2001
Aikman often wasn’t appreciated
Former Cowboys quarterback easily could have been five-time Super Bowl winner
April 11, 2001
The Dallas Cowboys of the ‘90s were so good and so young, if they had played in a different era with no free agency, and had had a coach and owner whose egos could fit in the same room Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson became too big for each other they could have won five straight Super Bowls.
Broken belt not likely cause
Medical examiner releases findings into Earnhardt’s death
April 11, 2001
As NASCAR continues to look into Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident, an independent medical examiner said a broken seat belt found after the crash probably did not cause his death.
Gas cloud puts town on alert
April 11, 2001
Residents were being allowed back into their homes Tuesday afternoon, about three hours after a volatile gas cloud formed over a Williams natural gas facility.
Sexual predator credits program
April 11, 2001
Michael T. Crane, whose case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this year, credits the Kansas Sexual Predator Program with turning his life around.
Paul Williams
April 11, 2001
Eminem avoids jail time
Rapper given probation for carrying concealed weapon
April 11, 2001
Rap star Eminem, vilified for his violent lyrics about gays and women, was sentenced to two years’ probation Tuesday for carrying a concealed weapon. “The judge treated me fair, like any other human being,” Eminem said afterward.
Poll: Public not sold on tax-cut plan
April 11, 2001
President Bush has not yet persuaded a majority of Americans to support his tax cut plan after months of trying, says an Associated Press poll taken in the days leading up to this year’s tax deadline.
District facing budget test
Teacher layoffs possible if state cuts funding
April 11, 2001
By Tim Carpenter Cuts in state aid for public schools would trigger teacher layoffs and larger class sizes in the Lawrence school district, Supt. Randy Weseman said. So he is going lobbying. Anxiety about next year’s budget for schools will propel Weseman to the Statehouse on April 25, when lawmakers meet for a wrap-up session.
Rundle new mayor
Previously denied post won by unanimous vote this time
April 11, 2001
By Joel Mathis Mike Rundle is Lawrence’s mayor. After a campaign season in which most city commissioners wouldn’t commit to supporting him, Rundle received a unanimous vote for the largely ceremonial post though not exactly unanimous support. Commissioner Marty Kennedy provided the lone bit of drama, hesitating a second before casting his vote.
Prescription drug abuse a growing problem
April 11, 2001
Four million Americans are abusing prescription drugs, including sleep-deprived people who become addicted to sedatives and family members who sell spare pills on the street, the government says.
Thunderstorms fire through Lawrence area
Rain, hail, lightning cause floods, accidents, blaze
April 11, 2001
By Mike Belt Rain, lightning, hail and more rain struck the Douglas County area Tuesday, causing flash flooding, traffic accidents and at least one house fire. About 1 p.m., lightning struck the house of Jeff and Sue Morgan at 4604 Turnberry Drive. The lightning strike set fire to roof shingles and caused an estimated $7,500 worth of damage, said Capt. Larry Woydziak of Lawrence-Douglas Fire & Medical.
Flooding again threatens Minn., N.D. river towns
April 11, 2001
Heavy rain expected to fall over the heart of Minnesota today likely will push already bulging rivers to levels near and sometimes over those seen in 1997, when floods devastated river communities throughout the state.
KU leader: Tax hike needed in equation
Chancellor warns of long-term damage to university system
April 11, 2001
Legislators should increase taxes to help solve the state’s budget problems, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway says.
No cause for airline optimism
April 11, 2001
By J.R. Labbe Fort Worth Star-Telegram Optimism was my first mistake.
Nations need their space
April 11, 2001
By Mike Hoeflich Kansas University School of Law The recent problems between the United States and China over the collision of an American surveillance airplane with a Chinese fighter has brought to light one of the central tenets of international law. Secretary of State Colin Powell made it very clear in his statements to the press that an American apology for sending its plane into “international air space” was not a possibility. In making this statement Secretary Powell alluded to this important legal concept. The whole notion of international space has a long history.
Courageous act
April 11, 2001
Christian credentials?
April 11, 2001
KU student recovering after being missing
April 11, 2001
By Kevin Bates Friends and family of Cayce Thomasson would rather have the Kansas University student back to full health than focus on the details of her mysterious spring break disappearance. Thomasson reappeared April 3 after missing for 13 days. She called her mother from a pay phone at Clinton Lake after waking up in nearby woods. Police haven’t determined what happened to the KU junior, an architecture major. Those close to her said they haven’t either.
Crisis generates political energy
April 11, 2001
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group The lights are turned out in the governor’s office here. Across the country, a free-market Republican senator from Oregon switches sides and endorses temporary price caps on electricity. In neighboring California, the biggest utility files for bankruptcy and the headlines proclaim, “State’s Crisis Plans Collapse.”
Harvard hazard
April 11, 2001
Promote planning
April 11, 2001
Automobile briefs
April 11, 2001
Ford recalls SUVs to fix glass problem Top cities rated for car thefts
Kansas River not ranked on ‘most endangered’ list
Experts say Kaw comparable to Missouri, which tops pollution rankings this year
April 11, 2001
By Terry Rombeck It’s been three years since the Kansas River was last on American Rivers’ list of the nation’s most endangered. But area environmentalists say the rankings don’t mean the Kaw is any less polluted than it was in 1996 and 1998, when it was listed.
Networks roll out new concepts for fall shows
April 11, 2001
After being roundly criticized for relying too often on tried-and-true TV themes, the big six networks appear willing to try more new program concepts for their fall lineups.
5-19 medicine chest - beauty drugs
April 11, 2001
It’s OK if sick people take drugs to get well. But should those who are well take drugs to feel better still? “Cosmetic pharmacology” is a trend on the rise, according to the Higuchi Biosciences Center and the Drug Information Center at Kansas University. It involves using drugs not to cure disease but to modify a process of body or mind that disturbs but poses no threat.
National briefs
April 11, 2001
Liquor industry backs lower DWI standard Funds OK’d for lawyers for poor defendants
National briefs
April 11, 2001
New patient kills nurse at psychiatric hospital Governor’s wife to run for congressional seat Jersey City church destroyed by fire
Indians’ injuries mounting
Woodard lands on DL after scary scene Tuesday
April 11, 2001
Steve Woodard, struck on the right elbow by a line drive Monday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Cleveland Indians, who can’t seem to get healthy.
Schilling two-hits Dodgers, Brown
Diamondbacks survive pitchers duel with Los Angeles, 2-0
April 11, 2001
Kevin Brown was great. Curt Schilling was even better.
Daubach has Nomo’s back
Red Sox slugger belts two homers in 10-1 win
April 11, 2001
Hideo Nomo had everything working for him again: his split-fingered fastball, his curve and Brian Daubach.
KU, WSU softball split
April 11, 2001
Freshman Kara Pierce, who has been nursing a sore shoulder and was listed as questionable to play against Wichita State, apparently was well enough to throw a complete-game four-hitter as Kansas University salvaged a split of a softball doubleheader with WSU on Tuesday.
Allen making Jayhawks’ offense his own
April 11, 2001
By Robert Sinclair With all the assistant coaches coming and going on Kansas University’s football staff, one new aide has been lost in the shuffle Terry Allen. Allen, the Jayhawks’ fifth-year head coach, has added the title of offensive coordinator to his business card, a role he also held his first two seasons at KU.
Stevenson could have made KU season sweeter
April 11, 2001
By Chuck Woodling If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, Kansas University’s annual basketball lovefest aka awards night would have been even more lovey-dovey. No doubt the largest hunk of iffy confection was signee DeShawn Stevenson, the 6-foot-5 guard who went directly from high school to the NBA without having to hear Dick Vitale call him a diaper dandy.
McVeigh execution logistics to be set
April 11, 2001
Meeting with Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victims’ families Tuesday, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said he wants to accommodate those wishing to view Timothy McVeigh’s May execution but will not make his decision until later this week.
Wichita: Rate cut may eliminate need for own power plant
April 11, 2001
Wichita may consider dropping its plan to create a municipal power company if electric rates for Western Resources’ KGE subsidiary are cut by more than $90 million a year, city officials said.
Trafficway report puts Home Depot on ice
Hearing on development to wait as questions arise on 31st Street
April 11, 2001
By Joel Mathis Lawrence city commissioners don’t want to proceed with proposed development on 31st Street until they find out more about the progress of the South Lawrence Trafficway. Commissioners decided Tuesday to delay a scheduled April 24 hearing on a proposed Home Depot development at 31st Street and Ousdahl Drive.
Oskaloosa school board nixes project requirement for graduation
April 11, 2001
By Joy Ludwig The Oskaloosa school board no longer will require a senior project for high school graduation, but the news isn’t being welcomed by all students at the Jefferson County high school.
Make Easter easy
Take a low-key approach with holiday brunch
April 11, 2001
Unlike some holidays where food traditions reign supreme, childhood Easter memories may be stronger in less flavorful but more fashionable ways. “I remember new outfits and shoes that always hurt my feet,” said Mary Ellen Varnell, a cooking teacher and caterer.
Parents’ breakup leaves daughter hurt and angry
April 11, 2001
Horoscopes
April 11, 2001
Yankees clip Royals again, 9-5
April 11, 2001
Michael Coleman took over for Bernie Williams and hit just like the absent All-Star. The rookie hit his first major league homer, triggering a five-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals, 9-5, Tuesday night.
Netherlands OKs euthanasia
April 11, 2001
In what was both feared and celebrated as a morally groundbreaking decision, the Dutch Senate on Tuesday enshrined in law a terminally ill patient’s right to suicide and a doctor’s immunity from prosecution for assisting.
Gregory wins MVP award
April 11, 2001
By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior Kenny Gregory was named the Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen Most Valuable Player at the Jayhawks’ annual Basketball Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
National briefs
April 11, 2001
Ex-Klansman’s trial delayed Zoo’s tiger kills rare specimen Napster efforts ‘disgraceful’ Animal feed irradiation OK’d
Take care with eggs at Easter
April 11, 2001
By Susan Krumm Is it safe to eat hard-cooked, dyed Easter eggs? Hard-cooked eggs hidden for an egg hunt should not be out of refrigeration for more than two hours if you intend to eat them later.
Short & sweet
April 11, 2001
As American as grilled cheese Cookbook to benefit pets How to sharpen a knife ‘Jayni’ offers Easter treats Rack of Lamb Herbes de Provence
Vegetable gardeners weather unpredictable spring
April 11, 2001
By Gwyn Mellinger Our wet spring has given area vegetable gardeners fits. Plenty of people who usually put in snow peas, cole crops and greens during March saw those plans wash away as one series of spring showers followed another.
Natural dyes give eggs soft, subtle hues
Common kitchen ingredients provide surprising colors
April 11, 2001
Michael Chiarello, founding chef and partner of Tra Vigne restaurant in California’s Napa Valley, comes from a big southern Italian family, where growing, preparing and enjoying food was at the center of everything, especially at Easter.
Change of pace sparks Criswell
April 11, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus Midway through the girls swimming and diving season, Free State High junior Kelli Criswell was ready to change her routine. On Tuesday at a quadrangular at Knox Natatorium, Criswell abandoned her two regular events the 200 free and 500 free for the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Criswell didn’t disappoint, winning the 200 IM (2:19.14) and 100 fly (1:04.05).
Rental registration wins final approval
April 11, 2001
Lawrence city comm-issioners gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance requiring the registration of all rental properties in single-family zoned areas. They did so despite the warning of Lawrence landlord Greg Polk, who said landlords will get around the law with “rent to purchase” agreements in which a tenant has a technical agreement to buy their residence but rarely ever obtains ownership.
Despite China developments, Bush talks of ‘stalemate’
April 11, 2001
President Bush called the showdown with China a “stalemate” for the first time Tuesday, as U.S. diplomats awaited China’s reply to a new formula for releasing 24 Americans. Offering hope, the Chinese president said he was eager to end the spy plane ordeal.
Another try
April 11, 2001
J-W Editorials Some movement may be afoot on a bypass south of Lawrence, but many issues remain to be resolved.
Briefly_________________________________
April 11, 2001
Fire truck damaged in fire No cause has been determined in a Tuesday morning fire that disabled a fire truck inside a Lawrence fire station. The fire began in the engine compartment of the ladder truck, which was parked inside Station No. 4, 2819 Stone Barn Terrace. Flames caused major damage to the engine and also to the inside of the truck’s cab, said Richard Barr, fire marshal for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. No apparent fire damage to the station or to other vehicles was discovered, Barr said. The damaged truck was moved to Station No. 2, 1941 Haskell Ave., where it was being inspected by two officials from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. A reserve engine was brought to Station No. 4 as a temporary replacement, Barr said. No loss estimate or maintenance record for the damaged engine was available Tuesday. _________________________________ Kidnapped child’s father faces battery charges The father of one of two kidnapped children recently reunited with their mother was charged Tuesday with throwing the children and their mother to the ground. James J. Barbee, 39, appeared in Douglas County District Court on counts of battery, domestic battery and endangering a child. He was arrested early Tuesday after he allegedly threw 25-year-old Shamikah Turner and 2-year-old Chauncey Oatis to the ground, police said. Turner also had been holding Barbee’s son, 6-month-old James Barbee Jr., when she was shoved down, police said. Neither Turner nor her two children were seriously injured, police said. Barbee’s arrest came a day after 17-year-old Natasha Helm was ordered to stand trial for kidnapping James and Chauncey from Turner’s home. Barbee on Tuesday remained in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. _________________________________ Election reform to be topic of conference at KU Politicians and historians will meet next week at a Kansas University conference to discuss election reform. The conference, “Counting All the Votes/How Votes Count: Elections in the 21st Century,” is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Adams Alumni Center. Sponsored by KU’s Robert J. Dole Institute for Public Service and Policy, the conference is free and open to the public. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will be keynote speaker. Brownback recently introduced legislation, with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that would create a commission to study the federal election process and establish a five-year, $2.5 billion program to help upgrade state and local election systems. At 2 p.m., KU professors Paul Schumaker and Burdett Loomis, editors of a forthcoming book, “The Electoral College and Beyond,” will lead a discussion among several leading academics on the Electoral College. _________________________________ KDOT seeks input on educational center The Kansas Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting Friday with area school and university representatives. Mike Rees, the department’s chief counsel, has invited officials from Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin and Perry-Lecompton public school districts; Lawrence Catholic schools; and Kansas University, Haskell Indian Nations University and Baker University to a meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass. KDOT continues to seek ways to complete the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway. As part of the Baker Wetlands mitigation project, Rees said, the department is willing to consider building an educational and research center, and input is being sought from the school groups. The center would be designed with classrooms and laboratories.
Golden Bear impressed
Nicklaus lauds Woods, but Tiger’s greatest win was at U.S. Open
April 11, 2001
Jack Nicklaus missed the cut for only the fourth time in 42 appearances at the Masters. Even rarer was what he did Sunday.
Easter recipes
April 11, 2001
Lawrence briefs
April 11, 2001
County, Health Department to discuss sanitary codes Meeting to highlight fungi City, county, schools to have joint meeting KU professor to receive award for biography KU sets final exams EPA workshop to focus on toxic-release reports West entrance to close at law enforcement building Baker president’s dinner a lesson in etiquette
Familiar foes to meet in first round
Philadelphia, Buffalo to clash in postseason for fifth time in seven years
April 11, 2001
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres face the same dilemma how to beat a Czech goalie.
Media’s crime coverage out of step, study finds
April 11, 2001
Network television coverage of crime fell nearly 40 percent last year, but the subject still gets too much media attention, a study released Tuesday asserted. Researchers said crime was the biggest story of the 1990s, even during a time when the overall rates for violent crime were dropping.
People
April 11, 2001
Sweet babies for James Ashley can dress herself Boss beats British bootleggers Youthful soprano inks memoirs
Tech enthusiasm boosts markets
Dow closes above 10,000 mark
April 11, 2001
A rebound in technology stocks Tuesday set off another big rally on Wall Street, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 250 points to their first close above 10,000 in nearly a month.