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Two-car accident kills one person, injures another
April 23, 2001
(Updated Monday at 2:55 p.m.) A head-on traffic accident Monday morning south of Lawrence left a Lawrence High School student dead and seriously injured a Lawrence woman.
Friends & Neighbors
April 23, 2001
Vermeil pleased with draft
April 23, 2001
Baseball briefs
April 23, 2001
All-Star voting begins for July 30 ballgame Rangers activate Kapler
Women’s golfers in Iowa
April 23, 2001
The Kansas women’s golf team will be in action today in the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the par-72 Harvester Golf Club.
KU nips Tulsa, 5-2
April 23, 2001
In one of Kansas University’s most critical matches of the season, the men’s tennis team delivered a convincing 5-2 victory over Tulsa on Sunday. The two Region V teams were in direct competition for one of the remaining spots in the NCAA Championships, and No. 54 Kansas (15-10) improved its chances of reaching the postseason by defeating the No. 47 Golden Hurricane.
Nooner named MVP in Barnstorming tilt
April 23, 2001
By Gary Bedore Former Kansas basketball walk-on and crowd favorite Terry Nooner decided to take a break from hoops after the 1999-2000 season. Inactivity took a toll on Noon-ball’s waistline. “I was fat a couple weeks ago. I was real fat. I was weighing like 220,” said the 6-foot-1 former-Jayhawk, who checked in at 204 pounds for Sunday’s KU Barnstorming game at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU’s Tabb, Musser hurting
April 23, 2001
Shortly after establishing a Kansas University softball single-season home run record, Leah Tabb suffered a shoulder injury, that might keep her out of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Creighton.
Kansas Relays will be back
April 23, 2001
Yes, there will be a 2002 Kansas Relays. The meet, which took a two-year hiatus because of Memorial Stadium renovations before returning last year, will be held April 17-20 at Memorial Stadium. “I can’t tell you how many of the Olympians came up to me and told me what a great time they had.
Saints snag Norris
New Orleans taps KU back in fourth round
April 23, 2001
By Andrew Hartsock Day One of the NFL draft came and went without Moran Norris’ name being called, and Norris faced an unenviable task when he ushered family and friends out the door of his childhood Houston home.
KU softball intriguing tale this season
April 23, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Until now, it had been except for the old staple of men’s basketball more or less a year to forget in Kansas University athletics. Football hadn’t been so hot, then it was announced men’s swimming and tennis would be dropped for fiscal reasons. Other sports were either treading water or, like baseball, sinking out of sight.
Jayhawks trying to overtake Cowboys
April 23, 2001
By David Mitchell Oklahoma State’s stranglehold on men’s golf in the Big 12 Conference might be slipping just a bit. That would be just fine with the rest of the league. Kansas won the Big 12 title in 1999 and finished runner-up to the Cowboys last year.
Brookville Hotel welcomed in Abilene
April 23, 2001
Brookville Hotel owner Mark Martin says the chicken business is thriving in this former cow town. Next month will mark one year since the hotel and its famous family-style chicken dinner moved 40 miles east to Abilene from tiny Brookville.
Lied Center season to have French flavor
April 23, 2001
By Jan Biles The Lied Center is making some French connections with its 2001-02 season, according to Fred Pawlicki, the center’s interim director. BeauSoleil, a Cajun band from Louisiana; “Orfeo,” a virtual-reality production from Quebec; Lyon Opera Ballet from France; and “Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia,” a project of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, will bring aspects of the French culture to Lawrence.
George L. Taylor
April 23, 2001
Paul E. Wilson
April 23, 2001
Kern Irwin
April 23, 2001
Nonbudget issues also on legislative agenda
April 23, 2001
Key issues awaiting attention when the Legislature reconvenes:
On the record
April 23, 2001
A&M rips KU women
April 23, 2001
No. 52 Kansas could not overcome No. 21 Texas A&M’s women’s tennis team, falling 6-1 on a windy Sunday afternoon at the Plaza Tennis Center.
Lawrence Briefs
April 23, 2001
Water basin committees accepting applications KU elects new student president
Painless process sought to fix budget shortfall
April 23, 2001
Work begins in earnest this week on the last spending bill of the year, and for many legislators the goal is to avoid as much pain as possible. The state is confronting a $205 million gap between the spending to which it is committed and the revenues it expects to collect in the 2002 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Pierce emerges as NBA phenom
Boston forward has breakout season after stabbing incident nearly cost him his life
April 23, 2001
Years from now, Celtics fans will likely remember 2000-01 as the season Paul Pierce emerged as a legitimate star. He established himself as one of the NBA’s most dominant offensive forces, while fine-tuning his all-around skills to become a more valuable player to his team.
Hamilton first at Talladega
Driver averages 184 mph in caution-free 500
April 23, 2001
The race was there to win. All Bobby Hamilton needed was a little push. “I couldn’t believe it,” Hamilton said Sunday after shooting out of a massive pack two laps from the end to win the caution-free Talladega 500. “I was running maybe fifth or sixth on the outside and I could hold on by myself.
Briefly_______________________________
April 23, 2001
Fairgrounds fire remains under investigation The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is continuing an investigation into a Saturday fire that destroyed the concessions building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Neither the sheriff’s department nor Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical has released a cause for the fire. Sheriff’s officers have interviewed some people concerning the fire, Undersheriff Bill Shepard said Sunday afternoon. He declined to comment further. The sheriff’s department is investigating because the fairgrounds is owned by the county. Fire & Medical estimated losses at $125,000. _______________________________________________________ Health: VNA patients, funds on rise Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. is continuing to experience an upswing in patients and cash flow. According to director Marceil Lauppe, there has been a 6 percent increase in acute care visits from last year and the number of acute care patients is up 8.9 percent. Patients seen through the agency’s Home Care Support Services have increased 4.1 percent. Lauppe also said the new Medicare payment system appears to be able to meet the agency’s patient care and budget needs. The new payment plan, which went into effect last October, pays home health agencies a set amount based upon a repayment formula calculated for each patient every two months. _______________________________________________________ Utilities: KCC assistance extended The Kansas Corporation Commission has extended its Gas Assistance Program application period through the end of the month for customers of Kansas Gas Service Co. The program targets low-income residential customers who do not qualify for other energy assistance programs. The American Red Cross will identify qualifying customers. To qualify, a household of four people must have an annual gross income between $22,168 and $34,1000. These customers will have their gas costs reduced by 50 percent retroactively on bills issued between Jan. 2, 2001, and June 30, 2001. Once on the program, customers must maintain their account in good standing by meeting their monthly payment obligations. For more information and application assistance, contact the American Red Cross office, 843-3550. _______________________________________________________ Accident: Wreck injures two Sunday Two women were injured in a collision shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday at 23rd and Louisiana streets. The women had to be extricated from the Volkswagen Rabbit they were in because a side door was bashed in, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials said. They were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The driver of the second vehicle, a van, was not transported, Fire & Medical officials said. No other information was available late Sunday.
Kansas,Missouri to test defenses
April 23, 2001
Livestock experts in Missouri and Kansas are using simulations to test their states’ responses to foot-and-mouth disease. Missouri livestock experts will meet Tuesday in Jefferson City to use a hypothetical foot-and-mouth disease outbreak to test the state’s emergency plan.
Leavenworth Co. house fire kills one
Neighbors say widow died in blaze
April 23, 2001
By Mike Belt A fire that took a life and destroyed a home early Sunday is under investigation by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal’s office. Authorities refused to identify the victim but said an autopsy would be performed.
U.S. blames Peru for accidental shootdown
April 23, 2001
U.S. intelligence officials blamed the Peruvian military Sunday for pulling the trigger too quickly and downing a plane that was suspected of smuggling drugs but actually was carrying an American missionary family.
Oh rats, it’s ‘Not a Joke’ just another e-mail hoax
April 23, 2001
The latest e-mail scare comes with the heading “Not a Joke,” and a scary warning to wash your grocery cans or die like a hapless stockroom clerk in Hawaii. The label is accurate enough it indeed isn’t a joke. But it is a hoax.
Teacher of the Year pleads for support
April 23, 2001
Blunt-talking Michele Forman, the 2001 teacher of the year, says teachers need more encouragement and support. “Entering the teaching profession has never been easy,” said the social studies teacher at Middlebury Union High School in Vermont.
Scientists ID sweet sensor
April 23, 2001
For the first time, scientists have apparently identified one of the tiny taste bud sensors that let people detect sweetness in foods. The work could lead to improved artificial sweeteners, and maybe help explain why some people have a sweet tooth.
Delta pilots agree on contract
April 23, 2001
Delta Air Lines and its pilots union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Sunday, ending fears the nation’s third-largest airline would be crippled by a strike by the end of the month.
Tips for handling
April 23, 2001
The Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants says taxpayers should not panic when the Internal Revenue Service sends an audit notice. The society offers the following strategies for dealing with the IRS.
World Briefs
April 23, 2001
Italy: Illegal immigrants found on stranded ship Antarctica: South Pole rescue flight postponed Israel: General arrested for security breach
Genetic links found to phobia, panic attacks
April 23, 2001
Preliminary research suggests an unusual genetic abnormality may be linked to panic attacks and phobias. A Spanish scientist reported Sunday at a meeting of the Human Genome Organization that among a random sample of people with anxiety disorders, 97 percent had a duplication of genetic material on chromosome 15 compared with 7 percent in a comparison group of healthy people.
Montenegro vote backs separatists
April 23, 2001
Advocates of independence captured a majority of seats in Montenegro’s parliamentary elections Sunday, a move expected to spur the republic’s separation from the Yugoslav federation after a public referendum that could be held as early as June or July.
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
April 23, 2001
School salaries
April 23, 2001
Save projects
April 23, 2001
Livable community
April 23, 2001
Bridget Jones’ bumps ‘Spy Kids’ off top perch
April 23, 2001
Resolution No. 1 for “Bridget Jones’s Diary”: Add 600 theaters and take over as America’s top film. Renee Zellweger’s romantic comedy about a Londoner who fancies making lists and life-improving resolutions grossed $10.5 million in its second weekend to move into first place at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Felons, fugitives get millions in illegal federal benefits
April 23, 2001
Felons and fugitives are receiving tens of millions of dollars annually in illegal federal benefits, largely because program administrators are not checking law enforcement records, government investigations show.
Astronauts attach station’s robot arm
April 23, 2001
Two spacewalking astronauts successfully installed a massive billion-dollar robot arm on the international space station on Sunday and unfolded the two-handed limb. “Look at the size of this thing,” space shuttle Endeavour crewman Chris Hadfield marveled as he tugged open the 58-foot, 3,600-pound arm. The arm remained bent at the elbow and was to be extended Monday by the space station crew working inside.
Investors should shop for bargains
Financial experts: ‘Buy low, sell high’ adage worthwhile in down market
April 23, 2001
Investors who once fearlessly marched onto Wall Street and dumped money into stock mutual funds are learning that the new investing landscape can be a horribly confusing and scary place. Instead of reaping double-digit returns on their funds, folks are left scratching their heads when they see even their solid performers coming in with losses of 20 percent or more.
Lawrence residents roll out green carpet for Earth Day
April 23, 2001
By Mike Belt A Sunday afternoon parade featuring electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, rolling canoes and banner-toting environmentalists proved that after 31 years, Earth Day is alive and well in Lawrence. “It was great,” said Stacey White, chair of the Lawrence Earth Day Committee, which organized the parade. “Earth Day is a great day to celebrate what’s good about the earth and bring awareness to the problems.”
Spring storms: Tornado ravages central Kansas town
Hoisington man dies as sirens stay silent
April 23, 2001
Almost all night, Joyce Tauscher wandered aimlessly through the dark, debris-strewn streets of this central Kansas town. Two hours after a tornado tore a path six city blocks wide and a mile long, searchers found the body of her 69-year-old husband, Gerald, embedded in the ground underneath the minivan in their back yard.
A major adjustment
April 23, 2001
J-W Editorials The Saudi Arabian requirements for U.S. military women are archaic and in need of updating. Martha McSally had more than enough hurdles to clear in becoming the highest-ranking female fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Her path to success never was easy. Now holding the rank of major, she was the first woman to fly an Air Force combat aircraft into enemy territory during Operation Desert Storm.
Nation Briefs
April 23, 2001
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Medical mistakes site urged Turkey: Hostages taken at hotel TOKYO: Firebrand leading primary vote
Baseball Notes: Tribe bolsters bullpen with lefty
April 23, 2001
The Indians called up 38-year-old lefty Rich Rodriguez from Akron Sunday to be the second left-hander in the bullpen. Rodriguez prepped for the opportunity by making four Double-A appearances, allowing no runs, three hits, no walks and striking out four in five innings.
Lawrence City Commission
Moratorium proposal affects planned Home Depot site
April 23, 2001
Agenda highlights 6:35 p.m Tuesday City Hall, 6 E. Sixth
Haskell delegation building warm relationship with Siberians
April 23, 2001
By Dave Ranney Siberia is famous as a frigid place for Russian exile and punishment. But Dan Wildcat liked it. He hasn’t quit smiling since he returned last month. “This is just an incredibly exciting time for me,” he said. He’ll soon return to what he calls a teacher’s dream, sharing what he’s found with a few of his students.
Cell phones put venues in a jam
Silencing devices revive debate over privacy versus personal freedom
April 23, 2001
The house lights go down as you settle into your seat, ready to hear the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform Gustav Mahler. Maestro Jukka-Pekka Saraste raises his baton and you can hear a pin drop … until a cell phone starts beeping a digital Bach fugue.
McVeigh execution spurs T-shirts sales
April 23, 2001
With thousands expected to travel to the site of Timothy McVeigh’s execution, entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in with commemorative T-shirts. Among the four T-shirts already available in the Terre Haute area is one bearing the words “Hoosier Hospitality/McVeigh/Terre Haute/May 16, 2001, Final Justice” and emblazoned with a picture of a syringe.
Gerrymandered district upheld
April 23, 2001
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate On April 18, 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting the creation of a heavily black congressional district in North Carolina, overthrowing a lower court decision that ruled the district unconstitutional.
Turn off the TV week wants to get kids outside
April 23, 2001
Attention kids: Drop that remote control, put down those fattening snacks munched while watching television, and go outside to play. That’s the message in a campaign beginning today that encourages youngsters and their families to turn off their sets and exercise more.
American League Roundup: Yanks bomb Bosox in 10th
O’Neill, Justice take Lowe deep in extra-inning victory
April 23, 2001
Paul O’Neill had a look of disgust and was about to slam down his bat. Strange, given that he had just hit a game-tying home run in the 10th inning. “It’s almost embarrassing to react that way and hit a home run,” O’Neill said. It was that type of day Sunday, another strange Yankees-Red Sox affair to remember.
Reichert tops Toronto
April 23, 2001
Dan Reichert has shown Kansas City the stuff necessary to develop into a big winner. Reichert allowed two hits in eight-plus innings, the longest outing by a Royals starter this season, and Mark Quinn and Mike Sweeney hit two-run homers as Kansas City beat Toronto, 5-1, on Sunday.
Sites for sore eyes
With these pages, online time can be fruitful
April 23, 2001
Let’s vent about the Web: It’s slow. Pesky ads pop up way too often. It threatens our privacy. Try searching for information you need and you’ll get swamped by 375 answers, most of them useless. What a waste, right?
Lifeline’ a big responsibility
April 23, 2001
By Tony Kornheiser Creators Syndicate Here’s the highlight of my week: I was a Lifeline on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” I was a Phone-a-Friend for a guy who not only isn’t my friend, I don’t even know him! His name is Ken Krantz, and he reads my column. He faxed me out of the blue to be a Phone-a-Friend in sports, where he felt weak.
Quiet Man’ trumpets his films
Dimension Film’s low-key Bob Weinstein carries major clout
April 23, 2001
While one brother entertained Hollywood’s A-list at a pre-Oscar bash in Beverly Hills for his art-house movie “Chocolat,” the younger sibling was holed up in a lower Manhattan office poring over marketing details for the release of his family adventure film “Spy Kids.”
Values must guide national interest
April 23, 2001
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group George W. Bush’s early run-in with China over U.S. reconnaissance flights is more silver lining than cloud. Beijing’s continuing haggling over right and wrong, and over truth and fiction, is more deeply revealing than a thousand policy memoranda or interagency meetings would be for the new president.
St. Louis stacks defense early
April 23, 2001
Even the Super Bowl champions have holes to fill. A look at how the Ravens and everyone else did in the NFL draft.
Panthers pick Weinke in fourth round
April 23, 2001
This time Chris Weinke was the Heisman Trophy quarterback who waited. The Florida State QB was chosen by the Carolina Panthers with the 11th pick of the fourth round on Sunday and instantly became the oldest QB on the Panthers’ roster.
Retired lawyer, KU professor dies
Paul E. Wilson warmly remembered
April 23, 2001
By Mike Belt A former Kansas University law professor who died Sunday will always be remembered for being on the losing side in the famous school desegregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education. But Paul E. Wilson, 87, also will be remembered for many of his other interests and characteristics, those who knew him said.
Nation Briefs
April 23, 2001
Iowa: No Powerball jackpot winner Florida: Thousands of acres scorched by wildfires HONOLULU: Sub skipper faces punishment for crash California: Robot plane tries Pacific crossing SAN FRANCISCO: City insurance to cover sex-change surgery
Suicide bomber hits Israel
April 23, 2001
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded suburban bus stop Sunday, killing an Israeli doctor and wounding 50 people a day after Israelis and Palestinians met in a bid to prevent such acts of violence.
Summit concludes with pact signing
Bush adds name to free-trade accord, expects ‘challenges’
April 23, 2001
Leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations both rich and poor agreed Sunday to stick with an ambitious plan to create the world’s largest free-trade zone by 2005 and penalize any country that strays from the path of democracy.
The Mag: Duarte box
April 23, 2001
What: Chris Duarte Group, Indigenous When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Lawmakers striving for balancing act
Difficult budget debates may send this year’s wrap-up session into overtime
April 23, 2001
With four scheduled days left in the 2001 legislative session, a long list of issues remains unresolved. The priorities that legislators cite include increasing spending on education, expanding health insurance coverage to mental illnesses and securing a sufficient energy supply for the state’s future.
People
April 23, 2001
Devils chase Hurricanes
New Jersey scores twice during 1:21 span in first period of 5-1 win
April 23, 2001
When the New Jersey Devils play mistake-free hockey, they are the team most of the NHL has a hard time beating. Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin scored 1:21 apart in the first period, and Randy McKay added two goals as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 Sunday to close out the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 4-2.
National League Roundup: Kendall, fans help Pirates triumph
Pittsburgh defeats Cubs for first time in six games on catcher’s home run
April 23, 2001
The Pirates brag that PNC Park is the majors’ most intimate ballpark. The Chicago Cubs probably wish it wasn’t so fan friendly. Jason Kendall hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Chicago closer Jeff Fassero and the Pirates rallied to beat the Cubs for the first time in six games this season, 4-3 Sunday.
Internet domain names go global
While foreign scripts may be registered, they may not yet work
April 23, 2001
The wait is over if you want an Internet address in Hebrew, Arabic or Thai. You can even begin that address with a symbol like a smiley face, Zodiac sign or a copyright circle. VeriSign Inc., the master-keeper of domain names ending in “.com,” “.net” and “.org,” began taking orders Thursday for hundreds of symbols and nearly two dozen language scripts from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
The Mag: Honeydogs box
April 23, 2001
What: The Honeydogs, The Old 97’s When: 9 p.m. today
What’s new
April 23, 2001
Beware bit decay, the silent data killer Philips PVR with TiVo puts programs at your fingertips
Video game reviews
April 23, 2001
NBA Hoopz The Next Tetris Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001
Long-term care insurance grows increasingly complex
April 23, 2001
As the population ages, larger numbers of people are purchasing coverage. Meanwhile, the industry hopes to reach younger, more affluent buyers by combining long-term care (LTC) with life insurance.
Lawrence School Board
Junior high class schedules up for approval
April 23, 2001
Agenda highlights 7 p.m. Monday 110 McDonald Drive
NBA Playoff Round: Kings stunned by Suns
Marion, Kidd combine for 39 points at Sacramento
April 23, 2001
To the Phoenix Suns, there’s no sound more beautiful than 17,317 fans not cheering. Shawn Marion scored 21 points and Jason Kidd had 18 points and 14 assists as Phoenix emerged from one of the NBA’s toughest arenas with an 86-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday in the opener of their playoff series.