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Flames engulf rural home west of Baldwin
April 19, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 5:43 p.m.) Authorities ruled that a Thursday house fire about a mile west of Baldwin was caused by some sort of electrical malfunction.
Movie Listings
April 19, 2001
Parting shot
April 19, 2001
National briefs
April 19, 2001
Disposable contact lens lawsuit settled ‘Cold case’ squad solves 21-year-old murders
National briefs
April 19, 2001
Breast cancer stamps raise $20 million Divers rescue driver from icy river Guilty plea draws life sentences
No progress made in China talks
April 19, 2001
After one afternoon of failed, frustrating talks Wednesday with China’s government for the return of the American spy plane, U.S. negotiators threatened to break off discussions unless the Chinese agreed specifically to talk about the fate of the airplane.
Utah city cracks down on dancing
April 19, 2001
Partying just got more difficult in Provo. Not that it was easy before. Provo, home to Brigham Young University and 30,000 Mormon students, has only one dance club, and it is smoke- and alcohol-free.
KU softball to meet MU
April 19, 2001
Fresh from Tuesday’s two-game sweep of defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University, Kansas’ softball team will return to Big 12 play today against Missouri.
Time and precision
Every tick of clock counts for people working in pits
April 19, 2001
Darren Wolfe doesn’t know exactly what he will be thinking the first time Sterling Marlin’s Dodge comes to pit road in Sunday’s Talladega 500. Until that moment comes, Wolfe won’t know for sure if what happened to him on April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway will pop into his mind.
Film review - “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”
Dundee’ sequel wallows in shallow waters
April 19, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Paul Hogan should stick with doing commercials. When inviting us for “shrimp on the barbie,” we want to book the next flight to hang with him in Australia. Only he can make driving a Subaru station wagon seem adventurous.
A hare-raising tale
KU student’s play to open at Kennedy Center
April 19, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Michael O’Brien is in over his head and loving every minute of it. Last year the novice playwright penned a “what-if” satire around the premise that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was pretty much a moron who literally stumbled into his career as spokesman for sexual liberation.
The Mag: Food box
April 19, 2001
What: Pat’s Blue Rib’n Barbeque Where: 1618 W. 23rd St.; 865-1618
Nation Briefs
April 19, 2001
Ohio: One of oldest twins dies at age 105 Arkansas: Plane crash victim win $5.7 million Connecticut: Witness admits drug use in Kennedy kin hearing Texas: Vote postponed on hate crimes bill New Jersey: Senator denies getting improper political gifts
Briefcase
April 19, 2001
Coca-Cola tops estimates, lowers long-term targets Leading indicators signal more weakness What’s your fortune? Discount on Web site Winstar misses payment, seeks bankruptcy protection
NBA Roundup: Raptors whip Wizards
Hamilton resigns as Washington coach after 19-63 season
April 19, 2001
Toronto finished the most successful regular season in franchise history. The payoff? Another playoff series against the New York Knicks. Vince Carter scored 34 points Wednesday night as the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 98-92.
Israeli strength will bring peace
April 19, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services Responding to Israel’s attack late Monday on Palestinian terrorist positions in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State Colin Powell blamed the Palestinian side and their unprovoked mortar attack on Israel for the new outbreak of violence.
Time catches even Michael Jordan
April 19, 2001
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald Beg pardon, but am I the only basketball fan in the world who isn’t salivating for Michael Jordan to come back?
Artificial heart surgery planned
April 19, 2001
Sometime in the next 10 weeks, an American on the brink of death from cardiac failure will receive a self-contained, battery-powered mechanical heart that researchers hope will sustain life for at least 60 days.
Ride of a lifetime
Lawrence students bike across America to honor victim of drunken driving accident
April 19, 2001
By Seth Jones In two weeks Casey Beaver was leaving Kansas for Illinois. He had finished his undergraduate degree and was ready to continue his schooling in the optometry field. But on Aug. 4, 2000, he met Vencen Gilmete head on in a car accident that killed both of them. Before I tell you about Beaver, I’d like to share a little bit of what I know about Gilmete.
National briefs
April 19, 2001
Signing deemed disturbance Sub captain to leave Navy Dad dies after telling son to shoot him in head Police search for abducted girl
People
April 19, 2001
Friends and neighbors
April 19, 2001
Bonds negotiating for 500th home run ball
April 19, 2001
Joe Figone landed a whopper when he snagged Barry Bonds’ 500th home run from the San Francisco Bay. Figone, in his inflatable power boat, sped to where the ball splashed down in McCovey Cove on Tuesday night. Armed with a hand-held fishing net, he deftly scooped it up.
Contractor: Lottery’s request for bids tilted toward current provider
April 19, 2001
By Dave Ranney Earlier this year, disturbed by various scandals at the agency, lawmakers directed the Kansas Lottery to seek competitive bids for operation of its online games. The current contractor, legislators said, had gone unchallenged too long.
Wilma Severns
April 19, 2001
Hewlett-Packard to cut 3,000 jobs
April 19, 2001
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard plans to cut up to 3,000 management jobs to reduce costs as it expects to fall short of earnings and revenue expectations for its second fiscal quarter.
Fed rate cut, earnings propel Wall Street
Trading volumes reach record heights
April 19, 2001
An unexpected interest rate cut and a stream of positive earnings news sent stock prices soaring Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrials leaping as much as 470 points and the Nasdaq composite barreling back above 2,000.
TV briefs
April 19, 2001
NBC grabs 10 Sports Emmys ‘Weakest Link’ pulls strong ratings Lowe gets ‘Framed’ in TNT production
Fashion briefs
April 19, 2001
Collection follows retro themes Bracelets fix anything Footwear takes a wider path
Look back for fashion-forward styles
Updated clothes from the past spring into action this season
April 19, 2001
Fashionable families may find themselves rummaging through boxes in the basement this spring, looking for some prized possessions from a few years ago that will look very “au courant” in 2001.
Wife can’t forgive husband’s rejection during pregnancy
April 19, 2001
Helms softens Mexico stance
April 19, 2001
Sen. Jesse Helms and Mexico buried the hatchet on Wednesday. Three days of talks between the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee which the North Carolina Republican heads and Mexican elected officials yielded little more than spoken assurances that progress had been made on several key bilateral issues.
Surprise rate cut meant to stave off recession
April 19, 2001
Acting in an emergency conference call, the Federal Reserve moved Wednesday to bolster the flagging economy by cutting interest rates by half a point for the fourth time this year. It marked the most aggressive credit easing during Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s nearly 14 years at the helm and sent a clear message that the central bank is prepared to do whatever it can to prevent a recession.
Educators, lawmakers clash on funding
April 19, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Kansas higher education officials Wednesday talked about the need for a 15 percent increase in state funding as crucial for the future of state colleges and universities. But some 50 miles away in Topeka, lawmakers who hold the purse strings proposed cuts in higher education, including slicing in half a promised faculty pay raise. The different visions of funding higher education emerged as state officials raced to fix an approximate $205 million budget hole caused by a reduction in projected revenue and an increase in health-care costs for destitute and disabled Kansans.
Arts Notes
April 19, 2001
KC Symphony lists classical series Choreographers show work at arts cente KU theatre auditions held for fall productions Exhibit explores Cold War days
Nation Briefs
April 19, 2001
Massachusetts: Egypt Air crash report indicated deliberate act WASHINGTON, D.C.: Railroad settles genetic testing case WASHINGTON, D.C.: Many Gore e-mails can’t be retrieved NEW YORK: City’s Lower East Side named historic district
Side Notes: Profits from the prophet
April 19, 2001
The Rev. Fred Phelps of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church has a long and storied history of finding targets for his venom in the most unusual places.
KC cancer research institute to open its doors today
April 19, 2001
After years of construction and months of quiet preparation, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is officially beginning its mission to battle genetically caused diseases.
Wichita State shocks Jayhawks, 5-4, in 10th
Shockers score three runs in final at-bat
April 19, 2001
After claiming a two-run lead in the top of the 10th inning, Kansas University’s baseball team was stunned by Wichita State University in the bottom of the frame, falling 5-4 on Wednesday at Eck Stadium.
Horoscopes
April 19, 2001
Nixon tapes now free for the recording
April 19, 2001
Nearly three decades after Watergate, the tables have turned. Now the public can tape Richard Nixon. Friday is the first make-your-own Nixon tape day at the National Archives in College Park, Md.
Royals lose another one in late innings
April 19, 2001
The Minnesota Twins have been a pain for the Royals. “They’re just a scrappy bunch of boys that’ll come back and beat you,” Kansas City manager Tony Muser said after the Twins scored four times in the eighth inning to rally past the Royals for the second straight game, winning 5-3.
PBS tops the list with ‘Schindler’
April 19, 2001
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, PBS will broadcast the acclaimed 1994 drama “Schindler’s List” (7 p.m.). “My goal with ‘Schindler’s List,”’ explains director Steven Spielberg, “was to bring public awareness about the Holocaust to this and future generations.
Hiawatha High sets precedent
Change comes slowly for sports teams with Native American nicknames
April 19, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Seems like every month or so you see a story about a school changing its nickname to avoid Native American stereotyping. Mostly it’s colleges and universities. In fact, very few four-year schools have retained Native American nicknames since the hue and cry began in the late ‘80s.
Legislative budget plans a ‘disaster,’ Graves says
April 19, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves denounced two legislative budget proposals Wednesday and declared that raising taxes is the best way to solve the state’s financial problems. “I clearly understand what they’re trying to do,” Graves said at a news conference. “I just think the net result is going to be a disaster.” But authors of the House plan wouldn’t back away from it.
Pride and prudence
April 19, 2001
Journal-World Editorial The return of the Americans from China was enhanced by the absence of a publicity-seeking president. When the 24 American Navy people came home from China last weekend, one of the first things many onlookers noted was that the president of the United States was not there to greet them. That was good.
Word Of Mouth: ‘The Orient’
April 19, 2001
By Diane Frook Some restaurants you can’t wait to try. Others you leave untested, walking by them so often that their exteriors become forgotten parts of a familiar landscape. Until I took note of it during a routine telephone book scan, The Orient might have been consigned, for me, to this latter fate. As it was, it didn’t exactly achieve the former; worn paint and a daunting menu in the window didn’t beckon irresistibly.
Spinning The Web: The long and short of it
Mulletmania washes over the Internet
April 19, 2001
By Michael Newman Bless the World Wide Web. Just when I despaired of ever finding the elusive group I could safely hold in open contempt in this socially sensitive era, eureka, I discovered the mullet heads.
Calendar
April 19, 2001
Ellena to sign
April 19, 2001
Lawrence High senior Julie Ellena will sign a letter of intent Friday to play golf with Dodge City CC.
TOP MOVIES
April 19, 2001
Briefcase
April 19, 2001
Apple Computer shares surge on profitability Airlines blame losses on costs, lower spending Advanced Micro Devices announces profit drop Wichita ride maker seeks Chapter 11
On the record
April 19, 2001
County assesses insurance issues
April 19, 2001
By Joy Ludwig A new third-party administrator soon will handle the insurance claims and premiums for Douglas County employees. At their meeting Wednesday, county commissioners directed the county’s health insurance committee to negotiate a contract for third-party administration of the county’s self-insured plan.
National League Roundup: Cubs take two from Phillies
Tapani becomes NL’s first three-game winner; Bere follows
April 19, 2001
The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers have a little bit of swagger when they come to the park these days. It’s no longer Kerry Wood and four other mopes. Send out any one of the starters, and he’ll take the mound certain he’s going to win. And when he’s done, the next in line is going to want to do him one better.
American League Roundup: White Sox halt slide
Valentin’s blast decisive in Chicago’s 6-4 victory
April 19, 2001
Beating the Detroit Tigers isn’t normally cause for celebration. But any win will make the Chicago White Sox happy these days. Jose Valentin hit a three-run homer and Chicago ended a four-game losing streak, beating Detroit, 6-4, Wednesday night.
Regional briefs
April 19, 2001
Author to visit KSU, discuss Eisenhower Would you like fries with your fund-raiser? Lawrence resident faces sex-crime charges
Briefly_____________________
April 19, 2001
Donor offers money to fix vandalized buses An anonymous donor offered $500 to fix two Douglas County Senior Services buses that were recently vandalized, officials said Wednesday. The donation will pay to fix broken windows and a wheelchair lift in two vehicles that were damaged last week, DCSS executive director Jessie Ann Lusher said. In the file photo above, taken before the buses were vandalized, one of the buses is used by a senior citizen to get a ride to a bookstore. One of the buses was repaired on Wednesday, and the second is scheduled for repairs by Monday, Lusher said. The donor, a senior citizen, has given money to the agency in the past and simply wanted to increase her generosity, Lusher said. “It truly makes you feel better about the situation,” she said. “It restores your faith in humanity.” Police on Wednesday still hadn’t arrested anyone for the vandalism. _________________________________ Crime: Stabbing victim refuses to cooperate with police A Lawrence man walked out of Lawrence Memorial Hospital before receiving treatment for a stab wound, police said Wednesday. Police responded shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to LMH, where the 24-year-old victim had arrived, suffering from a single stab wound to the lower left side of his belly, police said. The victim refused to assist the police. Investigators, however, found and interviewed the 30-year-old suspect, who said that he had stabbed the man because the 24-year-old had struck him with a board, police said. No arrests were made. The stabbing victim, who was cut with a small knife, wasn’t seriously injured, police said. Alcohol was suspected as a factor in the altercation, police said. _________________________________ Education: 11-year-old interviewed about Cordley threat Police identified and interviewed an 11-year-old boy Tuesday in connection with the latest threat reported at Cordley School. The threat was reported Friday, police said. Principal Kim Bodensteiner sent letters home with students explaining to parents that classes would continue at the school. Reports on the incident and the interview will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for possible charges, police said. The student was suspended from school for five days, said Julie Boyle, director of communications for Lawrence public schools. If Bodensteiner thinks further action is warranted, an administrative disciplinary hearing will be scheduled to be attended by the student’s parents and school administrators, but Boyle said she hadn’t been informed of such a meeting. The identity of the student was withheld by authorities. Friday’s threat was the third in a week at Cordley, 1837 Vt. Police said the student wasn’t suspected in the previous threats.
NHL Roundup: Maple Leafs sweep Senators out of postseason
April 19, 2001
A year ago, Toronto’s Yanic Perreault was knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Ottawa Senators. This time he returned the favor. Perreault scored two goals Wednesday night as the Maple Leafs beat the Senators 3-1 at Air Canada Centre to complete a surprising four-game sweep of their first-round series.
Former LHS standout resigns from Colgate
April 19, 2001
Dorinda Kearns von Tersch, a former Lawrence High basketball and volleyball standout, resigned Wednesday as head volleyball coach at Colgate University.
Lions ‘go home happy’ despite 2-0 loss to Eagles
April 19, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Eighty minutes without a goal couldn’t wipe the smile off Lawrence High soccer coach Keith Nelson’s face. “Sometimes you lose 2-0 and you go home sad,” Nelson said after Wednesday’s night’s loss to Olathe North at YSI, “but we lose 2-0 and I go home happy because I feel if we see them again I think we can take them.”
Senator supports easing Cuba trade embargo
Roberts faces potentially weighty foe in White House
April 19, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Opening Cuba to American products and tourism would help ensure its next government is a democracy, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts told students Wednesday at Kansas University. But freeing trade and travel to the communist island might be difficult to accomplish during the next four years because of President Bush’s ties to Florida, where many Cuban expatriates favor restrictions to punish dictator Fidel Castro, Roberts said.
Study: Drives clog traffic on 23rd
April 19, 2001
By Joel Mathis Choked traffic on 23rd Street is a problem, but there is little or nothing the city can immediately do about it, a consultant reported Wednesday. “On certain segments, the ‘do-nothing’ option is your best option at this time,” TranSystem’s Mark Kenneally said as he unveiled a study of 23rd Street traffic options to a joint meeting of the Douglas County Commission, Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
City, county seek SLT time line
KDOT’s moves on trafficway will determine how to proceed on 31st Street
April 19, 2001
By Joel Mathis City and county officials are demanding a time line for South Lawrence Trafficway construction so they can know how to proceed with their own study of 31st Street. The demand came Wednesday morning during a joint meeting of the Douglas County Commission and the Lawrence City Commission with Mike Rees, chief legal counsel for Kansas Department of Transportation.
Edward G. Kay
April 19, 2001
Doris Richardson
April 19, 2001
Gayle Allen
April 19, 2001
Cardinals place McGwire on 15-day DL
April 19, 2001
Mark McGwire’s balky right knee has landed him back on the disabled list. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, limited to six games this season, is still recovering from offseason surgery to correct tendinitis, and the team believes he pushed himself too much.
Major Carl Slough
April 19, 2001
Former KU law dean dies
April 19, 2001
By Amber Stuever A former Kansas University School of Law dean died Monday in a Topeka nursing home. Major Carl Slough, 82, was on the KU law faculty throughout the 1940s and ‘50s and spent three and a half years as dean.
Rees to take back seat
April 19, 2001
By Joel Mathis Mike Rees isn’t leaving work on the South Lawrence Trafficway but he does intend to fade to the background. Rees, the Kansas Department of Transportation’s chief legal counsel, has been the public face of efforts to complete the SLT’s eastern leg since the summer of 2000.
Supreme Court allows some racial redistricting
April 19, 2001
Just in time for the season of political redistricting, the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave states more leeway in creating electoral districts that favor blacks, Latinos and other minorities.
Marine plane’s flaws cited
April 19, 2001
A Pentagon-appointed review panel delivered a split decision for the troubled V-22 Osprey program Wednesday, saying it should continue in limited production but calling for major changes before the aircraft returns to regular use.
Trial ordered in alleged domestic battery
Case involves toddler who was reported kidnapped, mother and father
April 19, 2001
A jury trial was scheduled for a man accused of throwing a woman holding a child to the ground and also pushing down another of her children. James J. Barbee, 39, is to appear June 25 in Douglas County District Court on charges of domestic battery, simple battery and child endangerment for an April 10 incident in which he is accused of throwing Shamikah Turner, 25, to the floor of her house.
Crime stoppers
April 19, 2001
Lawrence-Douglas County Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for the arrest of two men. Damon Edwards, 24, is sought for felony probation violation. He has been wanted since he stopped reporting to Douglas County Community Corrections in early March.
KC board removes schools leader
April 19, 2001
Benjamin Demps, superintendent of schools, was fired Wednesday night by the Kansas City School District’s Board of Education during an emergency meeting that four board members refused to attend.
Hawaii college professors settle pay dispute, end strike
April 19, 2001
University of Hawaii professors have agreed on a new labor contract, ending a 13-day strike that had kept more than 40,000 college students out of classes.
Western Resources case draws buyer interest
April 19, 2001
A New Mexico utility is keeping close watch on the progress of Western Resources Inc.’s efforts to raise its electric rates by $151 million.
Mill closings erode state’s flour power
April 19, 2001
Some wheat experts are concerned that Kansas’ status as the nation’s top milling state is eroding following the closures of two flour mills within months. Archer Daniels Midland of Decatur, Ill., closed its Buhler flour mill in December and its Inman mill in March.
Regents eye fee increase
April 19, 2001
The Kansas Board of Regents today will consider increasing Kansas University student fees by $12.50 per semester. The proposal includes a $6 increase in the student health fee and a new fee of $6.50 to provide students with access to four daily newspapers. The health fee increase will bring the total health fee to $75.50 for spring and fall semesters. The fee will be increased by $4 to $45 for summer semesters.
Michael Ritchie, director of ‘The Candidate,’ dies
April 19, 2001
Michael Ritchie, who directed the Robert Redford movies “Downhill Racer” and “The Candidate” early in his career and went on to make several quirky comedies, died from complications of prostate cancer. He was 62.
Jane Fonda files for divorce from Ted Turner
April 19, 2001
Jane Fonda filed for divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner, who said recently that their marriage broke up partly because of her decision to become a Christian.
GM earnings drop
But profits beat market expectations
April 19, 2001
General Motors Corp.’s earnings fell sharply in the first quarter, but its operating earnings handily beat Wall Street expectations. The world’s biggest automaker earned $237 million, or 53 cents a share, in the January-March period, down sharply from $1.78 billion, or $2.80 a share, a year ago as a nagging slowdown in U.S. auto sales chewed into profits.
IBM net earnings rise 15 percent for quarter
While other technology companies warn of slowing sales, computer maker sidesteps brunt of downturn
April 19, 2001
International Business Machines Corp. on Wednesday reported a 15 percent rise in first-quarter net income, helped by strong sales of powerful business computers, microelectronics and services.
Internet gains boost earnings
April 19, 2001
Strong gains in its Internet services and cable television businesses helped AOL Time Warner Inc. report first-quarter earnings that were both solidly higher than a year earlier and better than most analysts expected.
Awards pay irreverent tribute
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice show doesn’t stand on ceremony
April 19, 2001
Those sinking Oscar ratings indicate it’s time for a new approach, maybe pumping the ceremony up with more juice, more jazz, more electricity. Or a dollop of slime might help like the green goo that has drenched Will Smith, Rosie O’Donnell, James Earl Jones and others during the wild finale of each Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Daily ticker
April 19, 2001
Collins claims national title
April 19, 2001
Caitlin Collins, 15, of Lawrence, won the USTA Super National Spring Championships/Easter Bowl title on Wednesday.
McRae to manage Devil Rays
April 19, 2001
Hal McRae didn’t expect good news when his telephone rang at 7 a.m. He had been tipped off that Larry Rothschild had been fired as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and it wouldn’t have surprised him if changes in the coaching staff were being made, too.
Duncan glad QB decision won’t be his
April 19, 2001
By Robert Sinclair There’s at least one person who’s tired of answering questions about Kansas University’s quarterback situation. And it’s not even KU coach Terry Allen. “I’m glad, I’m not the coach making the decision,” KU sophomore halfback Reggie Duncan quipped. “I’m mad that I have to answer the questions. But, it’s cool, though.”
Relays’ four-day run begins
Olympic hurdler Davis working with Jayhawk track coach Redwine
April 19, 2001
By Gary Bedore Olympian Calvin Davis was born and raised in Eutan, Ala. He attended college in Fayetteville, Ark. The world-class hurdler has now found his way to Kansas living in Lawrence as a 29-year-old pupil of Kansas University men’s track instructor Stanley Redwine.
Study: Web sites skirting children’s privacy law
April 19, 2001
Most Web sites geared for children don’t follow federal requirements for privacy, independent researchers said recently. Almost half of the 162 sites checked by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center don’t have prominent links to their privacy policy, and one in 10 had no link at all on their home page contrary to the 1998 regulations designed to protect children on the Web.
Girl Scouts to get updated uniforms but no miniskirts
April 19, 2001
Words like “hot” and “savvy” aren’t adjectives that readily come to mind when you think about Girl Scout uniforms. Come fall, however, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America hope that will change.
Sorenstam chasing history
Swede hoping to tie LPGA record with fifth straight victory
April 19, 2001
When Annika Sorenstam tees it up today in search of another LPGA record, she’ll be using a special new ball with the number “59” to mark the record round she shot last month.
State Briefs
April 19, 2001
GREAT BEND: Cancer center plans 2002 opening ABILENE: City to honor state’s WWII veterans WHITEWATER: Tractor accident kills 43-year-old
House panel offers school finance plan
April 19, 2001
House leaders are hopeful they can balance the state’s budget and still provide a modest spending increase for public schools. During a news conference Wednesday, House Appropriations Committee members outlined a series of steps to close a $206 million gap in the state budget, while still providing a $50 per student increase in base state aid to school districts.
Deadline extended for business registration
April 19, 2001
Since only one industrial rural home business has registered with Douglas County’s Zoning and Codes Department, the deadline has been extended for two months.
Primping for prom
It’s time for teens to step out in style
April 19, 2001
By Susie Fagan It’s prom season time to put on that killer dress, pick that perfect tux and have some fun. And local merchants are more than happy to advise area teens on how to look their best on the big night. Prom season kicks into gear this weekend and continues through mid-May. Here’s a peek at the latest styles, from head to toe.
The myth of racial profiling
April 19, 2001
By George Will Washington Post Writers Gruop It is former Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s axiom: Anything said three times in Washington becomes a fact. So it now is a fact, universally attested and detested, that racial profiling is a widespread police tactic.
Old home town - 25, 40, and 100 years ago today
April 19, 2001
State shift
April 19, 2001
Swimming support
April 19, 2001
Voting issue
April 19, 2001
World Briefs
April 19, 2001
Yugoslavia: Western leaders’ ‘jail terms’ upheld JERUSALEM: Miss Israel to wear bulletproof dress
Israel retakes Palestinian site
April 19, 2001
Despite American criticism, Israel on Wednesday briefly re-entered the Gaza Strip and leveled a Palestinian police station on territory granted to Yasser Arafat’s government in peace agreements.
Drug firms settle AIDS lawsuit
April 19, 2001
Pharmaceutical giants entered settlement talks with the government Wednesday, a sign they are dropping their fight against a law that could provide cheap copies of AIDS drugs to millions of South Africans.
Estrogen substitute fares poorly
April 19, 2001
An estrogen alternative does not appear to have one of the possible benefits of the real hormone protection against mental decline. Some research has suggested that taking estrogen reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease for post-menopausal women.
Security force increased
April 19, 2001
From a command center in the federal penitentiary, officials will oversee nearly 400 state, local and federal law enforcement officers during the days leading up to Timothy McVeigh’s execution.
Judge denies ‘Net coverage
April 19, 2001
A federal judge Wednesday denied a company’s request to show on the Web live video of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s execution.
Mississippi flood concerns persist
April 19, 2001
While the Mississippi River crested in several places Wednesday, people downstream continued sandbagging to prepare for the rising waters.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid eat half of budget
April 19, 2001
Nearly half of the $1.6 trillion in federal domestic spending last year paid for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.
U.S. warming to climate treaty
April 19, 2001
The Bush administration has toned down its criticism of the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty and is no longer insisting it is dead, Dutch Environmental Minister Jan Pronk said Wednesday.
Nutrition labels sought on ground meat, poultry
April 19, 2001
The Bush administration is going forward with a proposal to require ground meat to carry nutrition labels similar to those on boxes and cans of processed foods. The requirement was proposed in January during the final days of the Clinton administration.
Construction a tough sell
Retailers, developers see growing scrutiny, opportunity
April 19, 2001
By Mark Fagan Kevin Markley is building a solid business these days, riding a booming Lawrence construction industry that has grown more than 11 times since the 1960s. Scanning the rooftops of downtown Lawrence, Markley cracks a smile as he squints past an addition to Plymouth Congregational Church, a Borders bookstore down the street and a future Lawrence Arts Center three stories below. The builder stands atop a new downtown parking garage and faces the mid-morning sun, knowing that the future’s never looked brighter.
This week’s Race: Talladega 500
April 19, 2001
What Are You Reading?
April 19, 2001
Kicking up your heels
Lawrence writer looks to inspire women through martial arts
April 19, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near When the editors at Wish Publishing needed a writer with a strong background in the martial arts, they came looking for Jennifer Lawler. The firm specializes in non-fiction books featuring women in athletic competition, and they knew Lawler could put out a book that taught the skills necessary to compete with the men, while also writing strong, clear prose.
Film Review - ‘Last Resort’
April 19, 2001
By Jon Niccum Much is made of the American dream to own a house, a car, raise a family and earn a decent living in relative peace. But “Last Resort” explores the basic dreams those from other continents often have of being able to feed one’s family without suffering persecution. With “Last Resort,” writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski, a Polish filmmaker working for the BBC, has created a powerful film about how those immigrants anticipating a better life on British shores may be better off staying at home.
Hogan and the ‘real’ hero
Crocodile Dundee’ franchise is revived by Australian icon
April 19, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush may be more acclaimed, but no actor is better known simply for being Australian than 60-year-old New South Wales native Paul Hogan.
Brother from another planet
Electronica’s extraterrestrial takes a holiday in ‘Cydonia’
April 19, 2001
By Geoff Harkness His music could be the soundtrack to outer space itself. He is often compared to mad musical geniuses like Syd Barrett and Brian Eno. One of his biggest hits is titled “Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain that Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld” His new album, “Cydonia,” takes its name from a mythical city located on ancient Mars. He is Alex Paterson, mastermind behind The Orb and brother from another planet. He is not one of us.
Exclusive Online Profile: The Billions
Topeka rock band finds Lawrence scene welcoming
April 19, 2001
By Michael Newman For the Billions, their hometown of Topeka may only be 20 miles west of Lawrence, but it’s a ‘millions of miles’ from where they want to be, that is to say, on a stage playing their original music where it’s appreciated. So far that’s meant places like Lawrence, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Joplin and down in the Ozarks.
SEVEN QUESTIONS with Ravi Shankar
April 19, 2001
By Geoff Harkness Quiet dignity. It’s a phrase that describes the man and his music. Legendary sitarist and one of the 20th century’s true genius musicians, Ravi Shankar is an icon a myth as much as a musician. Though he began performing in 1930 (in his family’s dance troupe) at the age of 10, he’s often recognized for the more pop culture elements of his career. The gigs he played were equally mythical: The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, The Concert For Bangladesh. Whether it was pristine concert halls or muddy fields, Shankar was there killing them softly, spinning heaven-sent notes of undeniable power.
Theater of pain
April 19, 2001
By Geoff Harkness The saga of Preferred Villain might be compared to the arc of your basic “Behind the Music” storyline: A flash of early success leading to turmoil and struggle, culminating in redemption and return. Unlike your average VH1 rockers however, PV skipped the tawdry sex and drugs route in favor of a road littered with riff-based hard rock and boisterous live shows. Pegged as Lawrence’s next big band, Preferred Villain was packing area clubs last summer. Then as quickly as it began things fell apart.
To get racing footage, ESPN must jump through NASCAR hoops
April 19, 2001
If you’ve noticed that when you see a Winston Cup driver interviewed on ESPN lately it doesn’t look as if he’s at a racetrack, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. There’s a reason ESPN has been talking to people in parking lots and on helicopter landing pads. It’s not a good reason, but it’s a reason.