Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2001

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TOP MUSIC
February 15, 2001
Gun control
February 15, 2001
Axtell to sit out with ailing back
February 15, 2001
An ailing back has sidelined Kansas senior guard-forward Luke Axtell for Saturday’s game with Iowa State.
Global soil damage assessed
February 15, 2001
Scientists who studied the world’s farmland with satellite maps found widespread damage to soil quality and said irrigation is draining underground water supplies faster than they can be replenished.
Powerful poison stops sweating sickness
February 15, 2001
Injections of botulism toxin can control an embarrassing condition that makes people sweat so heavily that their clothes get drenched at room temperature, a study found.
El Salvador’s recovery slow from quake
February 15, 2001
Quake-stricken regions ran out of running water to drink and blood for the needy Wednesday as the death toll from its second quake in 30 days mounted. The number of the nation’s dead climbed to 275, its newly homeless 122,802 and wrecked houses 13,545.
World briefs
February 15, 2001
9 hikers murdered; motive, killers sought 11 passengers killed in bus plunge Ransom agreed before execution date
Asteroid data still coming in
February 15, 2001
The NEAR spacecraft, which surprised experts by landing so softly on asteroid Eros that it is still working, has been given a reprieve.
Shuttle crew finishes spacewalks
February 15, 2001
Two astronauts ventured outside Wednesday on America’s 100th spacewalk, wrapping up work on the international space station’s new science laboratory and taking turns playing dead.
Seat belt use on the rise
February 15, 2001
More Americans are wearing seat belts than ever before, but usage can vary greatly depending on vehicle type, region and state seat belt laws, the government said Wednesday.
Kinsey leaving KU men’s basketball team
February 15, 2001
Mario Kinsey, a freshman guard, will not be a member of the Kansas University men’s basketball team for the remainder of the season, Coach Roy Williams announced Thursday.
Rapper agrees to plead guilty to concealed weapon charge
February 15, 2001
Rap superstar Eminem, who is nominated for four awards at next week’s Grammys, has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Bookies like ‘Gladiator,’ Roberts for Oscars
February 15, 2001
Oddsmakers like “Gladiator,” Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts as favorites to win Academy Awards this year. Las Vegas bookmakers starting posting odds by noon Tuesday, soon after Oscar nominations were announced.
Israel tightens travel after eight killed in bus attack
February 15, 2001
Authorities tightened Israel’s blockade of Palestinian territories Wednesday and vowed tough punishment after a Palestinian driver mowed through a crowd of Israeli soldiers and commuters at a bus stop, killing eight people and wounding more than 20.
Lindros to play this year?
February 15, 2001
One day after Flyers general manager Bob Clarke declared that he sees no possibility of trading Eric Lindros to Toronto this season, Lindros said he still thinks he will play this year in the NHL, as well as at the Olympics next winter.
Lemieux scores 2 goals to answer Wild coach’s criticism
February 15, 2001
The expansion Minnesota Wild learned a valuable lesson sometimes, even the best defense isn’t enough to stop Mario Lemieux.
Texas Tech too tough for KU
February 15, 2001
By Christina Woods Cupid showed no love for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team as the Jayhawks lost to No. 14 Texas Tech, 49-45, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. “I thought we had a good game plan,” Kansas coach Marian Washington said. “Defensively, we played solid but the obvious turnovers from veteran players were frustrating.”
Jayhawks still down about loss
KU ‘angry’ following setback at Baylor
February 15, 2001
By Gary Bedore Love was not in the air on Valentine’s Day at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches were feeling downright surly two full days after an 85-77 loss to Baylor in Waco, Texas.
Lowly Baylor’ rises to occasion
Bears on top of world after toppling Jayhawks on Monday Night in Waco, Texas
February 15, 2001
A stranger walks up to DeMarcus Minor on the Baylor campus Tuesday to thank him. “I don’t understand anything about basketball,” the fellow says, his tone apologetic, “but I appreciate what you did last night.” Not knowing about basketball, wasn’t that the Bears’ story going into Monday’s game against sixth-ranked Kansas University?
Frazar leads Hope Classic
Texan shoots 63 in California to top crowded leader board
February 15, 2001
The way Harrison Frazar has played so far this year, he might soon become known for something other than being Justin Leonard’s roommate at the University of Texas.
Colorado stuns ISU
February 15, 2001
Jenny Roulier scored 20 points and Mandy Nightingale had 17 as No. 19 Colorado stunned sixth-ranked Iowa State, 73-66, on Wednesday night.
KU plan for funding meeting resistance
One-time supporters of block-grant proposal rethinking positions
February 15, 2001
By Scott Rothschild A new way of funding the state’s public universities, which Kansas University officials are lobbying for, is running into trouble. At a meeting Wednesday of higher education officials, several university presidents who had earlier signed onto the so-called “block-grant” funding proposal, appeared to have misgivings.
Cowboys stuff No. 13 OU, 72-44
February 15, 2001
Oklahoma State used an Eddie Sutton staple great defense to dismantle No. 13 Oklahoma. The Cowboys held Oklahoma to 34-percent shooting Wednesday night in a 72-44 victory that ended the Sooners’ seven-game winning streak.
Lions sizzle against Olathe South
Lawrence High hits 72.7 percent of its first-quarter shots in a 57-41 Sunflower League victory
February 15, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus If Lawrence High’s boys basketball team had received those little heart-shaped Valentine Day’s candies before Wednesday’s makeup game against Olathe South, the candies would have had “HOT STUFF” etched in them.
Capitol briefs
February 15, 2001
Equal coverage urged for mental illnesses Plan targets utility bills
Chapman school district rethinks transfer argument
February 15, 2001
The Chapman school board has a new plan in its quest to recover land taken away by the state school board.
Kansas to receive $1.07 million for victims
February 15, 2001
Kansas has been awarded more than $1.07 million to help support crime victim assistance programs.
Sandra Algaier
February 15, 2001
Helen M. Mullenix
February 15, 2001
Brook Creek quizzes candidates
February 15, 2001
By Joel Mathis Candidates for Lawrence City Commission and school board were peppered with questions about growth and its side effects Wednesday night at a Brook Creek Neighborhood Assn. forum.
Murder trial venue changed
Triple-slaying case to be tried in Emporia
February 15, 2001
The trial of a man accused of killing his father and two other people last year is being moved to Emporia.
Fire destroys Tonganoxie fourplex
February 15, 2001
By Amber Stuever A fire that residents said could have been prevented destroyed a fourplex late Wednesday in Tonganoxie.
City losing its war on potholes
It’s the worst winter for roads since 1992, Lawrence street officials say
February 15, 2001
By Joel Mathis Potholes are keeping Bob Hodson busy. Hodson, a courtesy van driver for Laird-Noller Ford, spends his days transporting unlucky car owners whose vehicles need repairs after pothole damages. That makes it harder for him to avoid joining the ranks of the victims.
Crusade launched against smoking
February 15, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Area high school students likely will learn a lesson or two Friday from an anti-tobacco crusader who started smoking at 14 and had his vocal cords removed in his 40s because of cancer.
Topeka home scraps foster care
Reimbursement causes Florence Crittenton to change focus
February 15, 2001
By Dave Ranney Privatization has not been kind to Florence Crittenton Services of Topeka, a program that once served as a home for unwed, teen-aged mothers. “We’ve reached the point where we’re losing between $8,000 and $10,000 a month,” said board member Gerald Christensen. “As a governing board, we can’t let that continue.”
Clinton continues to frustrate
February 15, 2001
By Bill Thompson Fort Worth Star-Telegram The headlines were all about secret e-mails and suspicious campaign contributions. But the most memorable moment of Thursday’s congressional hearing on ex-President Clinton’s pardon of billionaire/tax evasion suspect Marc Rich came when star witness Jack Quinn started arguing with members of the House Government Reform Committee about the definition of “fugitivity.”
Good response
February 15, 2001
Short stuff
February 15, 2001
Life in the fast lane Kohl’s looking for caring kids A night in space
KU engineering school courts science-minded teen-age girls
February 15, 2001
Later this month, teen-age girls will get a chance to learn about high-tech career options. About 100 girls in grades 6 through 12 in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area will take part in Engineer Your Career from 8 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Burge Union at Kansas University.
Students learn more than sewing, cooking
February 15, 2001
Every seventh-grader in the Lawrence school district is required to take a semester of home and self-development. Teacher Coleen Creed said the class often is the only experience in life skills and child care that many students will have before they are on their own and, possibly, become parents themselves.
A sew-sew class
Junior-high school students learn basic life skills
February 15, 2001
By Karrey Britt The buzz of sewing machines, chatter and laughter abound. “How does this look? What did I do wrong? Is this inside-out?” The questions come from all directions as students line up to ask their teacher questions or try to find assistance from fellow classmates.
Briefcase
February 15, 2001
Belluzzo named Microsoft president, COO Goodyear reports loss, plans to cut 7,200 jobs Firms whittle away at excess inventories ConAgra shares plunge Nasdaq rises; Dow falls
Hallmark revenues up for year
Increase in card sales offsets other declines
February 15, 2001
Revenues at greeting card giant Hallmark rose 3 percent in 2000, adding to the ground the company must make up to meet its ambitious projection of $12 billion in revenues by 2010.
Kennel company picks Ottawa
Kennel-Aire to open distribution center this spring
February 15, 2001
By Mark Fagan The country’s second-largest maker of pet kennels is preparing to open a new distribution center in Ottawa. Kennel-Aire LLC, of Plymouth, Minn., will distribute its metal and plastic kennels from the former Lester Building Systems center in the Davis Road Industrial Park, said Chester Beavers, Kennel-Aire’s vice president and chief operating officer.
Daily ticker
February 15, 2001
Rodney Crowell’s new album looks back at East Texas beginnings
February 15, 2001
The album being promoting is, inevitably, the artist’s best ever, the most complete statement yet of his or her artistry. Everybody says it, but Rodney Crowell really believes it of “The Houston Kid.”
Survivor’ makes the stars come out
February 15, 2001
NBC fights “Survivor”-mania with two solid hours of sweeps-worthy stunt-casting. Ellen DeGeneres has a guest spot on “Will and Grace” (8 p.m., NBC) as a crafty nun involved in a hasty used-car deal with Grace.
Family not always the best choice for wedding party
February 15, 2001
Chrysler sparks memories
Manufacturer’s return to NASCAR after 16-year absence welcomed by traditionalists
February 15, 2001
In 1970, Richard Petty was king, race cars had wings and Buddy Baker broke a speed barrier that helped change stock car racing forever.
Film review - ‘Disney’s Recess’
Adaptation of TV cartoon is strictly kids stuff
February 15, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Watching this big-screen adaptation of the television cartoon, “Disney’s Recess” is about like having recess on a rainy day. It sure beats hitting the books, but it’s not quite as fun as it could be. Fans of the ABC show will probably be satisfied, but there isn’t anything here that likely couldn’t be found on the tube.
Life in the fast lane
Service employees strike back in bowling war
February 15, 2001
By Seth Jones Ali versus Frazier. Kansas versus Missouri. The Bottleneck versus The Granada. No, I’m not playing a game of “which one of these is not like the other?” I’m talking about heated rivalries. And serious ones too, not some Road Runner versus Wile E. Coyote rivalry.
Film review - ‘Sweet November’
Stars flounder in freakish romance
February 15, 2001
By Loey Lockerby As a woman, I’m supposed to be the target audience for “Sweet November.” It is, after all, about the strength of the human spirit and the life-changing power of love. It even has an Enya song on the soundtrack.
The gift of experience
To Be Young, Gifted and Black’ reveals playwright’s own story
February 15, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Lorraine Hansberry was a talented playwright who died of cancer when she was only 34 years old. The young scribe gained fame early in life for searing, award-winning works such as “A Raisin in the Sun,” along with her own more intimate journals reflecting a keen eye for taking in societies cultural details.
Facing the music
After numerous makeovers, Face To Face returns to its roots
February 15, 2001
By Geoff Harkness Face To Face may be the biggest band you’ve never heard of. Though the group has sold in excess of a million records in the United States, it remains far left of the mainstream center. The members wouldn’t have it any other way which is probably why, when asked about his band’s inclusion on MTV’s “Real World New Orleans” soundtrack, Face To Face bassist Scott Shiflett shrugs with near-complete indifference.
LaDean Beebe
February 15, 2001
On the record
February 15, 2001
Lawrence briefs
February 15, 2001
House search brings arrest on drug charges Cohousing expert to give presentation Candidate mixer scheduled for Sunday Screenings to check children’s development Nields sisters bring act to Burge Union Lawrence Senior Center lecture series to begin KU libraries offer variety of free workshops
Parting Shot
February 15, 2001
National briefs
February 15, 2001
Clinton book deal clears Senate panel Student toting guns, bombs is arrested Freshman charged with 2 student murders
National briefs
February 15, 2001
D.A.R.E. tests new school curriculum Rail accident families comforted Old dynamite cache prompts evacuation
National briefs
February 15, 2001
Kennedy Center given $50 million gift ‘Springer’ guest arrested on sex charge Three people convicted of murdering tourist
Zero-tolerance’ policies given second look by lawyers
February 15, 2001
“Zero tolerance” policies in schools can be unfair, some lawyers argue, because a student found with aspirin in his pocket can get suspended as quickly as one with marijuana.
Census tally missed about 1% of U.S. population, sample finds
February 15, 2001
The 2000 census counted more people and missed fewer minorities and children than the 1990 tally, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Powell softens language about Iraq
February 15, 2001
Using rhetoric that differed sharply from the confrontational language of the Bush campaign, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that the United States was satisfied with existing United Nations sanctions imposed on Baghdad and voiced hope that America’s longtime adversary could be coaxed back into the “world community.”
U.S. attorney to investigate Clinton’s pardon of fugitive
February 15, 2001
The U.S. attorney in New York has opened a criminal investigation to determine if President Clinton’s last-minute pardon of fugitive commodities broker Marc Rich was secured with illegal payments, sources in the federal government said Wednesday.
News executives explain Election Night coverage to Congress
February 15, 2001
The heads of the United States’ largest television news networks, called Wednesday to Capitol Hill to account for errors in their coverage of presidential election results, were forced to watch a videotape of the night’s most embarrassing moments and listen to hours of testimony detailing their mistakes.
No. 12 Cavs dump Duke
No. 3 Blue Devils’ road winning streak ends, 91-89
February 15, 2001
Adam Hall had no time to think when Roger Mason darted to the basket and the ball squirted into Hall’s hands.
Warden L. Noe
February 15, 2001
A sad ending
February 15, 2001
J-W Editorials The closing this week of Oread Inc. apparently brings to an end what once was the state’s premiere partnership between university research and industry. This week’s bankruptcy filings by Oread Inc. mark what appears to be a sad final chapter in a company that once was looked upon as the high-technology gem of Lawrence and even the state of Kansas.
Horoscopes
February 15, 2001
Our town
February 15, 2001
Qualifying races offer last chance for hopefuls
February 15, 2001
Drivers usually race to win. Today, some will race just to get in. In the complex qualifying format for the Daytona 500, the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races are the only chance for some drivers’ to make the lineup for NASCAR’s biggest event.
Steaking its claim
Restaurant rounds up plenty of choices with emphasis on beef
February 15, 2001
By Diane Frook If you remember anything from ninth grade algebra, you’ll probably figure out the operating formula at Hereford House, which is roughly: 2 people x 2 meals = 75 bucks per evening.
The daring young nun on the flying trapeze
Amanda Detmer delves into juvenile comedy for ‘Saving Silverman’
February 15, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Twenty-nine-year-old Amanda Detmer has a long list of stage credits. She’s played Desdemona in Shakespeare’s “Othello” and has performed in plays as diverse as “Our Town” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
V is for Violence
Vagina Monologues’ draw attention to sexual abuse
February 15, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near V-day arrived Wednesday on Kansas University campus. Using Valentine’s Day as a launching pad, a women’s group has claimed the month of February to raise awareness of the abuses women are forced to endure simply because they are born female
Seven Questions with Aaron Tippin
February 15, 2001
By Geoff Harkness There was a time when you couldn’t turn on a country music station for an hour without hearing an Aaron Tippin song. The Florida-born singer/songwriter exploded onto the music scene as a founding member of country’s early-‘90s “neo-traditionalist” movement.
The Bob Marley of metal
Soufly finds that heavy music can have a healing effect
February 15, 2001
By Geoff Harkness Though the title is an unlikely one, “the Bob Marley of metal” certainly fits Soulfly’s Max Cavalera nicely. The 31-year-old Brazilian-born singer/guitarist, whose former band Sepultura helped smash the barriers that kept South American rock out of the U.S. mainstream, has evolved into a musician for all nations, spreading his tribal rhythms to the far reaches of the planet.
Exclusive Online Profile: Bluestem
Lawrence blugrass favorites head back into the studio
February 15, 2001
By Michael Newman The next Bluestem CD doesn’t have a title yet, but that doesn’t worry Marvin Pine or his amiable band mates much. Things with this band have a way of working themselves out as long as the longtime local favorites stay the course and concentrate on the music.
Civilians’ possible role in sub crash studied
February 15, 2001
The Navy has not yet ruled out the possibility that 16 civilian visitors aboard a U.S. nuclear submarine may have distracted crew members before the vessel collided with a Japanese trawler, officials said Wednesday.
Foulke wins arbitration case
February 15, 2001
When it came to salary arbitration, Keith Foulke was a lot more effective than John Rocker and Danny Graves. On a day of decisions involving closers, Foulke won his arbitration case and the other two lost, leaving owners with a 5-4 lead this year.
nba roundup Iverson sparks 76ers
All-Star MVP scores 40 points in 112-97 win
February 15, 2001
A standing ovation in the first quarter, a chant of “M-V-P” in the fourth. In between, Allen Iverson did plenty to show he was worthy of both accolades.
Senate OKs lottery bill, but with changes
February 15, 2001
The Senate voted Wednesday to extend the Kansas Lottery’s life for two years, four fewer than the House wants. The vote was 26-11. Some senators who voted no were opposed to gambling, while others complained about how lottery revenues were distributed.
Reading program breeds optimism at school
February 15, 2001
Kevin Bates It’s based on a simple premise the sooner you teach children to read, the better their lifelong learning prospects become. And a Lawrence elementary school along with community volunteers have taken it to heart.
Arts Notes
February 15, 2001
Lane to perform Duke Ellington’s music Kottke concert features guitar playing, wit KU singers to perform three concerts
National briefs
February 15, 2001
Whale hops onto tourist boat College GOP chief accused Victims’ to get Cuban funds Teacher quits in grade swap
Evolution back on books
Board votes 7-3 to restore scientific theories to state standards
February 15, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Evolution is back in Kansas science standards. Eighteen months, an election and a national debate after the Kansas State Board of Education removed crucial concepts of evolution from the standards, the theory is back in.
Randall happy with sensational start
Jayhawks 3-0 heading into this weekend’s Express College Classic
February 15, 2001
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall doesn’t put too much stock in the Jayhawks’ 3-0 start to the season. After all, the Jayhawks won their first three games last year, too, then struggled to a 25-30 record by season’s end.
Two die on icy highway
Drizzle, cold cause problems throughout area
February 15, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Icy roads apparently caused a double-fatality accident Wednesday morning in Jefferson County. The accident killed Lois J. Riley, 69, and her 4-year-old grandson, Johnny Becerra, both of Topeka, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
Olive Pickett
February 15, 2001
The ‘T’ option
February 15, 2001
Cut spending along with taxes
February 15, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The public is conflicted about a tax cut. An overwhelming majority want one but an equally overwhelming majority want to use the projected surplus to pay down the national debt. Here’s a way to have our tax cut cake and eat it, too: Cut spending, along with taxes.
This week at a glance
February 15, 2001
Daytona 500 NAPA Auto Parts 300 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Checker Schuck’s Kragen Nationals
Producer rides TV’s reality wave
Creator of ‘Big Brother’ made his mark with emotional European shows
February 15, 2001
A fancy platter of tangerine wedges, pineapple chunks and other juicy tidbits sits all day on the desk in front of TV producer John de Mol, the father of “Big Brother.”
Kansas Open in limbo
Cottonwood withdraws sponsorship
February 15, 2001
By Chuck Woodling The Kansas Open, a summer tradition at Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf Course for a quarter of a century, has gone into limbo. Cottonwood Inc., the golf tournament’s organizer and beneficiary for the last 14 years, has pulled the plug.
Briefly
February 15, 2001
Gift finances scholarships, KU camarasaurus exhibit Child seat inspections planned Friday at fire station Detour posted for bridge State commission for blacks schedules town-hall meeting
Blurring the lines of propriety
February 15, 2001
By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald I guess it was only a matter of time before Sue Richards said “ass.” I mean, everybody else has. Why not her? It’s right there in black and white, Page 2, “Fantastic Four No. 38: the Invisible Woman” makes an offhand reference to “knocking Dr. Doom on his ass.”
People
February 15, 2001
U2 frontman is Harvard bound ‘Friend’ is foe of fat Auction, Bond auction Puffy, J. Lo in splitsville
Calendar
February 15, 2001
CD REVIEWS - Arthur Dodge, Billy Ebling
February 15, 2001
By Jon Niccum
Movie listings
February 15, 2001
NewsTV owner signals growth
Lawrence-based media company to expand into corporate, legal markets
February 15, 2001
By Mark Fagan They shoot video for ABC’s “20/20,” put together stories for German television and compile information about Maury Povich. And, this month, the 15 employees of Lawrence-based NewsTV Corp. are reporting to familiar new owners, working under a new name and devising a plan to get even bigger.