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World Briefs
February 24, 2001
HAVANA: Cuban cigar festival ends in a puff of smoke El Salvador: Another quake rattles already rattled residents
World Briefs
February 24, 2001
Afghanistan: Women hanged for prostitution MOSCOW: Court overturns ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses
John Gatti: city athlete of the week
February 24, 2001
Gatti, a ninth-grader at Southwest Junior High, placed third in diving for the Lions at the state meet in Manhattan. He compiled 427.70 points to earn third place in his state debut.
Daily Ticker
February 24, 2001
Business Briefcase
February 24, 2001
Motorola could post loss as slowdown spreads New magazine: National Geographic for Kids ready to educate children Markets: Stocks rebound on rate cut possibility Shares: UtiliCorp United announces stock issue
Birch Telecom lays off 306 employees
February 24, 2001
Birch Telecom Inc. is laying off 306 employees, the key condition of a new $100 million financing commitment from a New York investment firm, company officials said.
Job growth to slow in spring
Survey: Lawrence lags behind state average
February 24, 2001
By Mark Fagan Look for Lawrence to have the slowest-growing job market among the state’s larger cities this spring. Seventeen percent of Lawrence employers plan to hire more workers in April, May and June, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey from Manpower Inc. The survey did not find any companies planning to trim payrolls.
Eberliey-Belcher
February 24, 2001
Biggerstaff-Lingenfelter
February 24, 2001
Club News
February 24, 2001
Military News
February 24, 2001
Scouting News
February 24, 2001
Foster-Egan
February 24, 2001
Garot-Blanchfield
February 24, 2001
Broussard-Grossoehme
February 24, 2001
Miller-Paget
February 24, 2001
Bad guys, worse guys duke it out in ‘3,000 Miles to Graceland’
February 24, 2001
The final week in February last year, a movie opened (“Reindeer Games”) that featured Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise, disguised as Santas, knocking over a casino.
Judy Davis shines as Judy Garland
February 24, 2001
If you watch only one TV movie this year, make it “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” (8 p.m., Sunday ABC, concludes Monday).
Peoples Pharmacy
Chewing gum for ear infections may cause diarrhea
February 24, 2001
I saw a question about xylitol chewing gum for children’s ear problems. Does xylitol cause stomach cramps and diarrhea?
Well Being
February 24, 2001
Needling the overweight Task force: Let’s get physical Site boosts mammograms Study planned on bipolar disorder treatment
KU softball team splits
February 24, 2001
Kansas University split a pair of softball games against ranked opponents on Friday in the Leadoff Classic. The Jayhawks knocked off No. 24 Massachusetts 4-1 in the opener before falling 3-0 to No. 4 Alabama.
BIG 12 INDOOR TRACK
Jayhawks’ Russell wins weight throw
February 24, 2001
Scott Russell of Kansas threw the 35-pound weight 75 feet, 10 inches Friday, the best throw in the world indoors this year, to win the event on the opening day of the Big 12 Conference Track and Field Championships.
Wrestling
Three city preps reach state finals
February 24, 2001
Lawrence, which hasn’t had a high school state wrestling champion since 1978, will have three wrestlers in Class 6A state championship matches today. Lawrence High’s Sean Patton (135 pounds) and Jeff Hauber (160) and Free State’s Ian B(215) each went 3-0 on the first day of the state meet Friday at the Kansas Coliseum.
Free State falls on Senior Night
February 24, 2001
By Robert Sinclair Free State High’s road to the Class 6A state boys basketball tournament just became a little tougher. Thanks to Friday night’s 48-40 senior night setback against Shawnee Mission East at the FSHS gym, the Firebirds were saddled with the No. 8 seed in their sub-state and will have to face defending state champion Leavenworth in the first round.
NHL Roundup
Kovalev sparks Penguins
February 24, 2001
Alexei Kovalev had his third three-goal game this month during a five-point night. Martin Straka had a goal and three assists and Mario Lemieux, staying in the lineup despite his ongoing bout with back pain, scored for the second consecutive game. The Penguins improved to 10-3-1 in their last 14 games.
NBA Briefs
February 24, 2001
Raptors place N’diaye on the injured list Magic sign Alexander for remainder of season Hawks add Mottola
Raymond suspended
OU guard won’t play at Maryland
February 24, 2001
Oklahoma guard J.R. Raymond has been suspended indefinitely for violating team policy and will not play Saturday against No. 20 Maryland, coach Kelvin Sampson said Friday.
Easing of lobbyist disclosure rules urged
February 24, 2001
A House committee has endorsed a bill to ease current lobbyist disclosure rules and create a new commission authorized to increase the pay of legislators and other elected officials.
Other options
February 24, 2001
Wonderful lines
February 24, 2001
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 24, 2001
Wrong target
February 24, 2001
Roundabout use
February 24, 2001
Honored role
February 24, 2001
Journal-World Editorial The people who serve on local city and county boards and commissions deserve the community’s respect and appreciation.
Lions rally past Indians - Lawrence 51, SM North 49
February 24, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus Defense by deBoer made dedifference down destretch. Lawrence High senior Martin deBoer had a steal and assist to set up a go-ahead basket early in the fourth quarter Friday night and he stole a pass with eight seconds left to secure the Lions’ 51-49 boys basketball victory over Shawnee Mission North in the regular-season finale.
More confusion
February 24, 2001
Journal-World Editorial State transportation officials still are trying to connect Kansas Highway 10 around Lawrence but it’s less clear than ever how they plan to get there.
Peter Miller
February 24, 2001
John MacFarlane
February 24, 2001
Pearl Smoyer
February 24, 2001
William Anderson Jr.
February 24, 2001
Legislators say no to ag research center
Governor ‘astounded’ by decision
February 24, 2001
The House has rejected a bill to create an agricultural research center at Kansas State University, a decision that surprised Speaker Kent Glasscock and Gov. Bill Graves.
Marcus Murphy
February 24, 2001
Alma Daniels
February 24, 2001
On the record
February 24, 2001
Lawrence Briefs
February 24, 2001
Haskell group shares in Grammy success Nominations sought for educator award
Broken seat belt cost driver
Lap belt failed to protect Earnhardt during fatal crash
February 24, 2001
Dale Earnhardt might have survived slamming into a concrete wall at the Daytona 500 if his lap belt had not broken, a NASCAR doctor said. Earnhardt probably was thrust into the steering wheel because he wasn’t fully supported, said Dr. Steve Bohannon, head of emergency medical services at the Daytona track.
County considers road projects
February 24, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Douglas County commissioners are expected to take steps to get work under way on two road projects whose price tags total $2.8 million.
Lynn Wylie
February 24, 2001
Briefly
February 24, 2001
Street name to honor retiring department head Election: Advance voting offered this morning Police: Computers of KU employee seized in porn investigation
Nation Briefs
February 24, 2001
Michigan: After furor, city drops rainbow logo stickers Ohio: Judge solicits advice from newspapers Seattle: Law school admissions case sent to high court
Jeb Bush brought to tears
Florida governor alarmed by criticism of his black staff members
February 24, 2001
Gov. Jeb Bush wept before a black Baptist education group Friday as he introduced minority staffers and appointees he said have been ridiculed by other blacks for associating with him.
Boschee glad to be on bus for NU trip
Kansas men’s basketball Notebook
February 24, 2001
By Gary Bedore Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will be driving today not flying to Lincoln, Neb., for Sunday’s game against the Cornhuskers. That’s fine with junior guard Jeff Boschee, who likes his feet firmly planted on the ground.
KU to honor seniors
MU tilt final home game for Jackson, Johnson, Reves
February 24, 2001
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University’s women’s basketball seniors are hoping for a grand finale today. Whatever the outcome of today’s 2:05 p.m. Border War with Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse, it’ll be more like a three-grand finale. Each of the three seniors Jennifer Jackson, Jaclyn Johnson and Brooke Reves who will be honored during today’s Senior Day festivities joined KU’s 1,000-point club this season.
Mormons to drop ‘LDS’ references
February 24, 2001
In a new move to identify their faith as Christian, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon will issue a formal statement dropping the terms “LDS Church” and “LDS” as shorthand names.
911 translation saves infant’s life
February 24, 2001
Police say a bilingual 11-year-old helped save his young brother’s life when he calmly listened to an emergency dispatcher’s instructions for performing CPR, then translated for his Spanish-speaking mother.
Sub crash inquiry reviews technician’s role
February 24, 2001
The investigation of the fatal collision between a U.S. submarine and a Japanese fishing vessel is coming to focus on the interaction between senior officers and an enlisted man whose job was to plot the sub’s position relative to other vessels.
After big screen success, Jersey Films comes to TV
February 24, 2001
There’s something about Jersey Films and projects named after heroic women. The powerhouse production company is in the throes of Oscar fever with “Erin Brockovich,” which is up for best picture and could earn Julia Roberts an Academy Award for her portrayal of the feisty single mother.
Graves defends regents budget
Governor says all agencies treated alike
February 24, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves says he’s not treating state universities any differently from other agencies in omitting money for improving the state’s pay scale or health care costs from his proposed budget.
Survey shows satisfaction
Residents find much to like in Lawrence, except traffic
February 24, 2001
By Joel Mathis Lawrence residents are getting richer, love their neighborhoods, have a grim view about the traffic and are sharply divided about tax abatements. That’s according to the 2000 Lawrence Citizen Survey, a random sampling of more than 400 Lawrence residents taken by public administration graduate students at Kansas University. The Lawrence City Commission will formally receive the report Tuesday night.
Missing babies returned
17-year-old baby sitter, suspected of taking young boys, held in K.C.
February 24, 2001
By Mike Belt The phone call Shamikah Turner had been waiting for came about 6 a.m. Friday. Lawrence Police told Turner that her sons Chauncey Oatis, 2, and James Barbee, 4 months, were safe. Turner could come and pick them up at the Police Department. “I was so happy and we were all jumping up and down,” Turner, 25, said a few hours later, from the Lawrence home of a friend. “It was very painful to be without my kids. I got my kids back now, and that’s the important thing.”
Clashes precede Powell trip
February 24, 2001
On the eve of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s visit to the region, Palestinians sought to yank the welcome mat Friday, staging demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip in support of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Bush, Blair stand firm on Iraq
February 24, 2001
President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair, pledging to preserve the special relationship between the United States and Britain, said Friday that they would explore ways to make sanctions against Iraq “more realistic” and seek common ground among skeptical European allies about a U.S. missile defense system.
Postal Service to sell ad space on its trucks
February 24, 2001
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow will keep the U.S. Postal Service from delivering the mail, and under a new policy, the agency will deliver the advertising messages of big companies willing to pay.
Finishing touches
Renovated LMH pediatrics unit to open soon
February 24, 2001
By Kim Hall Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s pediatrics unit has undergone a facelift. The nine-room unit is much brighter, more open and a lot more colorful. LMH Chief Development Officer Kathy Clausing says the hospital spent about $100,000 on the renovations, which include fresh paint, new carpet, an updated tile bathroom, lower countertops and ceilings, and new televisions and VCRs in the rooms.
Ava Inman
February 24, 2001
KU baseball halted
February 24, 2001
Friday’s scheduled Big 12 Conference baseball game between Kansas and Oklahoma was called off because of wet grounds. OU officials hoped to make up the game today as part of a doubleheader. The three-game series is to conclude on Sunday.
LHS girls to open with OP Aquinas
February 24, 2001
Lawrence High (3-17) will meet mighty Overland Park Aquinas (19-1) in a Class 6A sub-state semifinal on Friday at LHS. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
FSHS girls headed to O-East sub-state
February 24, 2001
Free State High’s girls, who finished the regular season with a 14-6 record, will travel to Olathe East next week for a Class 6A sub-state basketball tournament.
Leaders tout e-filing’s speed, accuracy
February 24, 2001
By Mark Fagan Steve Richards admits he’s “no computer guy,” but that didn’t keep him from filing his Kansas tax return electronically this year. Prompts on his personal computer told him which numbers to use and where to enter them. It even handled the math.
Give yourself a raise
Experts offer tips for stretching a paycheck
February 24, 2001
By Mark Fagan Talking the boss into a raise is one way to put more money into your pocket. Stretching your paycheck is another. “People can take a careful look at their budgets,” said Robert Baker, a credit counselor in Lawrence. “If they’re going paycheck to paycheck, they can examine their budgets and probably loosen up some dollars.
Johnson-Cromer
February 24, 2001
KU women’s tennis upends BYU, 4-3
February 24, 2001
By Christina Woods Kansas University’s women’s tennis team beat No. 46-rated Brigham Young, 4-3, on Friday night at Alvamar Racquet Club. The victory was the Jayhawks’ first over a ranked team this season. KU fell to No. 5-ranked Texas, 4-3, last week.
ROUNDUP
Kings need three OTs
February 24, 2001
Predrag Stojakovic had too much time invested to let this one slip away. Stojakovic scored a career-high 39 points and hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in triple overtime as Sacramento beat Toronto, 119-118, on Friday night.
Top 25 Women
Huskies hammer St. John’s
February 24, 2001
Svetlana Abrosimova, just like her parents, could only watch the most lopsided win in UConn history.
Lawmakers honor cancer-battling ex-governor
February 24, 2001
They honored her as a public servant whose politics sprang from a love of people, and legislators offered former Gov. Joan Finney their moral support in her battle with liver cancer.
Saturday column
Weak financial foundation puts Kansas University in shaky condition
February 24, 2001
By Dolph C. Simons Jr. Generally speaking, morale at Kansas University is not too good these days. There doesn’t seem to be the spark, enthusiasm and excitement among a wide cross-section of those interested in the school.
Democrats bickering over party leadership
Labor backs Sawyer; elected officials support Johnson County lawyer
February 24, 2001
Labor unions and party leadership have been at odds over who should be the chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party.
District mulls bid for building
Unity Church offers $905,000 for former home to administrative offices
February 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck The Lawrence school district may have found a buyer for its former administration building. Unity Church of Lawrence has signed a letter of intent to purchase the property at 3705 Clinton Parkway for $905,000. The school board will consider the offer at its meeting Monday.
Future engineers test skills at expo
KU event draws 450 high-schoolers
February 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck At first, the pasta bridge resembled lasagna with an Elmer’s glue sauce. With a few pounds of pressure, it looked more like pasta salad sprawled over the floor Bridge builder Jill Dorsey conceded defeat. “Ours was really pretty, but it didn’t hold a lot,” the Wellsville High School senior said.
Superconductor works at higher temperatures
February 24, 2001
In a startling result, scientists have found that a common metal compound can carry electricity with virtually no resistance at a higher temperature than previously thought possible. The compound might become useful for building superfast computers.
Possible Nazi link seen in professors’ deaths
February 24, 2001
The two Dartmouth College professors stabbed to death in their home last month strongly believed their native Germany should face up to its Nazi past. A teen-ager accused in the slayings reportedly had neo-Nazi literature in his bedroom.
Allied Gulf War leaders review outcome
February 24, 2001
Former President George Bush, marking the 10th anniversary of the ground offensive in the Gulf War, said Friday that he regrets underestimating the resiliency of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Property tax levy seen as key to school finance
February 24, 2001
Because it raises hundreds of millions of dollars for public schools, the statewide property tax levy is likely to be renewed by the House. But that doesn’t mean it will sail smoothly to passage.
Biography captures unique O’Neill
February 24, 2001
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate For the first time in half a century, the Democratic Party does not control the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the White House.
Graves tours Hutchinson, gives $700,000 more
February 24, 2001
After touring an evacuated mobile home park and wells leaking natural gas trapped below the city, Gov. Bill Graves said Friday the “greatest tragedy” would be to not use the opportunity to find out what caused two explosions here.
Mary Elder
February 24, 2001
Vegas’ segregated Strip remembered
Black played to white audiences but barred from white clubs
February 24, 2001
In the darkness of the abandoned showroom, the old man’s eyes wince at what time has stolen. Booths that once held adoring crowds, a stage that was host to famous black entertainers. Dust covers them now, a thick layer creating a haunted, musty smell in the dingy building.
Society Calendar
February 24, 2001
People
February 24, 2001
Is slower better on weights? Sometimes
February 24, 2001
It’s been the buzz in some workout circles since the Feb. 5 Newsweek hit the magazine stands. Super Slow. As the name implies, it involves doing resistance exercises slowly to efficiently gain strength. But there’s more to this than just lifting a weight as though it was stuck in tar
Harvick takes over for Intimidator
February 24, 2001
Kevin Harvick was promoted Friday to fill Dale Earnhardt’s spot in the Winston Cup Series. But the 25-year-old Busch Series driver wants it known he could never really replace Earnhardt, the seven-time Winston Cup champion who was killed Sunday in the Daytona 500.
Spring Training Roundup
Sheffield shows; Thomas doesn’t
February 24, 2001
Unhappy Gary Sheffield arrived at spring training Friday. Unhappy Frank Thomas did not.
KJHK breaks out of ‘stone cottage’
February 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck KJHK is taking radio to the students. The Kansas University station will begin broadcasting some of its shows from a booth in the Kansas Union next month. Station officials say the booth, near a third-floor dining area, will give students a firsthand look at radio production and allow them to participate in talk shows.
Florida panel recommends voting overhaul
February 24, 2001
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the postelection chaos that consumed Florida and the nation last November, a task force appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush is recommending the first broad changes that would create a uniform statewide voting system and banish the use of the infamous punch-card ballot.
Chiapas guerrillas start rights walk
February 24, 2001
Amid great media fanfare, leftist leaders of the small Zapatista Army for National Liberation on Sunday will begin a 15-day march for Indian rights from their base in the state of Chiapas that amounts to a struggle for the hearts and minds of Mexico’s non-Indian majority.
Austin Gulley
February 24, 2001
Pardon probe takes yet another twist
February 24, 2001
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether former President Clinton commuted the sentences of four convicted swindlers in exchange for Hasidic Jewish votes for his wife during her run for the Senate, The Associated Press learned Friday.
Indonesia violence kills hundreds
February 24, 2001
A navy landing craft and two transport ships sped Friday to a river port on Borneo island to evacuate thousands of people caught in ethnic warfare that has claimed at least 165 lives.
Nation Briefs
February 24, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO: Court upholds artist’s use of Barbie dolls DENVER: Commerce chief given ample retirement plan WASHINGTON, D.C.: Sierra Club aims to halt USDA construction site NEW YORK CITY: Military contractors battling for billions
Clinton still won’t go away
February 24, 2001
By Bill Thompson Fort Worth Star-Telegram Bill Clinton’s devoted fans are in high dudgeon about the continuing criticism of their hero by those of us who remain unenthralled by the ex-president’s alleged charm.
Recreation Calendar
February 24, 2001
Region Briefs
February 24, 2001
WICHITA: Police make arrest in double homicide KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Board, district leader to begin mediation TIMKEN: Missing water reports to cost town $2,284 HUTCHINSON: Missed bus may cost prison inmate dearly
Activists, academics discuss slave reparations
February 24, 2001
Black Americans seeking reparations for the enslavement of their ancestors are looking for more than money, one man contributing to a government study said Friday.
Theater veterans capture Olivier Awards
February 24, 2001
Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Miller were big winners Friday at the Olivier Awards, dominating the honors with shows that have been around for decades.
Nation Briefs
February 24, 2001
Illinois: Anti-abortion zealot escapes Texas: Truck crashed at Capitol site LOS ANGELES: GM sues over electric cars BOSTON: Strangler lawsuit reopened
McVeigh execution witness requests overwhelm system
February 24, 2001
Constance Favorite offers a half-serious suggestion for how to accommodate the 250 people who want to watch Timothy McVeigh’s execution: Hold it in the middle of an Oklahoma field.
Turkish currency crisis puts economy in tailspin
February 24, 2001
Turks are bracing for bad times: With prices rising, salaries and savings are likely to lose a quarter or more of their value, and companies will struggle to pay off their debts.
East Coast buried in snow
February 24, 2001
An eastern storm that paralyzed the region and left at least 13 people dead moved off the coast Friday, leaving a blanket of snow in its wake. Blinding weather conditions Thursday caused a 116-vehicle pileup in northern Virginia that killed one and resulted in more than 115 injuries.
Nation Briefs
February 24, 2001
Washington: 2 tons of cocaine seized aboard ship California: DNA warrant upheld COLORADO: Escaped convicts fight extradition WASHINGTON, D.C.: Feds must fix Indian trust account system
Around and about
February 24, 2001
Baldwin High School Honors
February 24, 2001