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National briefs
January 5, 2001
Military hikes pay for hardship duty Exxon Mobil sued for ‘tens of millions’ Investigators cite arson in deadly dorm fire Judge OKs legal fees in tobacco settlement
Ulcer drug manufacturer worried about link to abortion pill
January 5, 2001
By Kim Hall The maker of misoprostol, a drug used to treat ulcers, is worried about a consumer backlash. That’s because doctors say the controversial abortion pill, RU-486, is most effective when used misoprostol.
State of the State speech set for Monday
January 5, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves’ State of the State address will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Monday on Kansas’ public television stations, including KTWU (Channel 11) in Topeka
Stiles reaches Valley peak
Southwest Missouri State standout becomes league’s scoring leader
January 5, 2001
Jackie Stiles scored 24 points Thursday night to become the career scoring leader in Missouri Valley Conference as No. 15 Southwest Missouri State beat Indiana State, 98-48.
Stanford stomps ASU
Cardinal improve to 12-0 with 94-77 victory
January 5, 2001
Everyone thought Arizona State was a long shot to upend No. 2 Stanford.
News briefs
January 5, 2001
DUI-nudity case grows Mail-order bride’s husband charged with murder Commuters stranded on ferry Nuclear arms report denied
George magazine, legacy of JFK Jr., to fold
January 5, 2001
George, the politics and lifestyle magazine founded by the late John F. Kennedy Jr., is closing down one year after a remake failed to lift its sagging fortunes. The last issue will appear in March as a special tribute to Kennedy.
Bush may focus on Latin America
January 5, 2001
By the mid-1990s, every country in Latin America except communist Cuba had embraced democracy. At a Latin America conference I attended in Miami in 1994, U.S. policymakers and academics looked forward to a hemisphere that would prosper with free markets and democratic institutions. The United States was preparing to deliver the canal to Panama and remove this nation’s strong military presence.
Welfare: Is it as good as it gets?
January 5, 2001
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe Tommy Thompson is about to pack his bags for a trip to the place he once disparaged as “Disneyland East.” The governor of Wisconsin is not going on vacation. He’s been nominated to head the crib-to-grave Department of Health and Human Services. Never mind that he’s a friend of tobacco and an enemy of abortion.
A&M slips past Centenary
January 5, 2001
Bernard King scored 20 points and had seven assists Thursday as Texas A&M defeated Centenary, 77-67, on Thursday night.
The top 100 albums
January 5, 2001
Rock still revolves around Beatles
January 5, 2001
“Revolver,” which bridged the Beatles’ moptop era with their experimental years in the studio, was judged the best album in rock ‘n’ roll history by experts in a VH1 poll released Thursday.
Briefly
January 5, 2001
Project bid lower than anticipated State of the State speech set for Monday Diehl replaces Trapp as new deputy DA Applications due for home improvement
World briefs
January 5, 2001
Space launch schedule for 2001 announced Four arrested in art thefts Armored car guards go on strike
Horoscopes
January 5, 2001
Religion briefs
January 5, 2001
Choir rehearsals slated for MLK Day celebration Unity offers class, Burning Bowl service Day of Prayer registration due today Aglow to meet Mustard Seed offers life training school Missionaries to speak at Calvary Temple Choirs to help celebrate Epiphany Jewish center slates first Shabbaton Inmates to sing at KC church Taize worship set at Canterbury House Unitarian members to give program
Emphasis on being thin pushes back puberty
January 5, 2001
Are there limits to this trend toward younger and younger sexual development? If not, the kids of the future may enter puberty in the middle of childhood. That could create enormous problems when sexual awareness precedes emotional maturity by a decade or more.
Home teams favored in playoff tilts
Injury-plagued New Orleans faces challenge at Minnesota; Miami’s Fiedler struggling with shoulder injury
January 5, 2001
Maybe the oddsmakers have it right this week.
Habitat for Humanity planning Eudora house
January 5, 2001
By Erwin Seba Lawrence Habitat for Hu-manity is raising money to build its first house outside of the city. Project Eudora will build a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Eudora for a grandmother who is raising three school-age grandchildren, project spokeswoman Debi Hamlin said.
Literacy lesson comes alive
Touring company brings magic of books to Lawrence schools
January 5, 2001
By Tim Carpenter One student at Quail Run School vowed Thursday that he would wish for $1 million if given the chance by a genie. A brazen peer thought a permanent vacation from school might be a more suitable wish.
Confession ignored, resident claims
Fast-food worker says she framed suspect but police won’t listen
January 5, 2001
By Joel Mathis Shirley Neal can’t get herself arrested. Neal insists she helped plot a December robbery at a fast-food restaurant. The crime, she said, was designed to frame the man now charged: Du-wone Flowers. Stricken with a bad conscience, she said she went to police to confess. But they don’t believe her.
Rate cut surprises Bush
President-elect, Greenspan continue sizing each other up
January 5, 2001
The Federal Reserve’s slashing of a key interest rate sent a mixed message to the incoming Bush administration. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan essentially agreed with the president-elect’s assessment of a slumping economy, but he also seized the initiative from Bush on how to deal with it. As Bush prepares to begin his term and Greenspan prepares to work with his fourth president, the two Republicans continue to warily size each other up.
Chavez’s writings provide ammunition for critics
January 5, 2001
Linda Chavez has scoffed at raising the minimum wage and cheered proposals to trim Social Security benefits.
Rescue divers take icy plunge in KU lake
January 5, 2001
By Katie Hollar Some plants, a fish, but no Jimmy Hoffa at least, not this time. Thursday afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Underwater Search and Recovery Unit took a practice dive beneath the ice, scouring the bottom of frozen Lake Hutton at the Kansas University west campus.
Briefcase
January 5, 2001
Brill to lead media subsidiary Factory orders, jobless claims rise Co-op sets meeting GM to idle plants Sprint PCS, Palm join wireless forces
Conservatives’ TV show tackles New Testament
January 5, 2001
For the average churchgoer, no topic debated among scholars is more basic than the reliability of the four New Testament Gospels. Can we pretty much know what Jesus said and did, or should we regard much of the material as well-meaning fiction? Print media have given this long-running conflict considerable coverage in recent decades, and during the past two years, network TV has started to join the chase, with problematic results.
Boys basketball prep capsule - Lawrence at KC Wyandotte
January 5, 2001
Lawrence (3-2) at KC Wyandotte (0-5) Tipoff: 7:30 tonight.
New era begins for Skins
Schottenheimer in charge of Snyder’s NFL franchise
January 5, 2001
There they sat, side by side: the coach who said he’d never work for the owner, and the hands-on owner suddenly declaring himself hands-off. Ten million dollars can make strange bedfellows.
Clinton to restrict forest development
January 5, 2001
Seeking a legacy as a protector of public lands, President Clinton today will declare nearly 60 million acres of pristine federal forests off-limits to road building and most logging, administration officials said.
Wellsville mourns girl’s death
Television falls on 7-year-old
January 5, 2001
By Mike Belt Milton Madden will never forget the sound he heard in his home Tuesday morning nor what he found when he went to check on it. “I was in another room and I heard a crash,” he said. “I was in there in a matter of seconds. The television had fallen on my daughter.”
Sweet 16’ gift raises concern in Britain
Girl asks for breast implants
January 5, 2001
Jenna Franklin is only 15 but she thinks she knows the secret to a successful future bigger breasts. Jenna’s parents want their daughter to be happy, so they’ve agreed to pay for breast enlargements as a 16th birthday present.
Favoritism to sister drives a wedge for mother, daughter
January 5, 2001
Smokers demand doctor’s exams from Big Tobacco
January 5, 2001
Tobacco companies already have agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the medical bills of dead or dying smokers. They’ve had to spend millions more on ad campaigns to discourage young people from smoking.
CBS announces names of 16 ‘Survivor’ contestants
January 5, 2001
Who would you bet on a Harvard Law School student, an Army intelligence officer or a couple of bartenders? They are among the 16 contestants in the Australian edition of CBS’ “Survivor” game. The network, banging the drumbeat of publicity for the show’s Jan. 28 debut, unveiled the new cast on Thursday.
People
January 5, 2001
Take these broken wings … One tough muffin Full-size makeover
Boys basketball prep capsule - Free State at Leavenworth
January 5, 2001
Free State Boys (3-3) at Leavenworth (6-0 overall, 1-1 Sunflower League) Tipoff: 7 tonight.
Girls basketball prep capsule - Free State at Leavenworth
January 5, 2001
Free State (4-1) at Leavenworth (2-3) Tipoff: 5:30 tonight.
NFL briefs
January 5, 2001
Rams running back earns offensive honor Former Jayhawk fired Barber switches cast, status uncertain
Football briefs
January 5, 2001
NU’s Raiola decides to enter NFL draft Crouch has surgery Ohio State’s Pickett to enter NFL draft Cowher, Sherman coaches for Senior Bowl Swarthmore board to eliminate football
On the record
January 5, 2001
Area briefs
January 5, 2001
Alvin Ailey dancers to present program Meeting to focus on day care homes Habitat for Humanity offers applications Church to have pancake feed
Big 12 crows about top 25 showing
OU league’s first outright champ; four other league teams in final poll
January 5, 2001
When the Big Eight and Southwest conferences merged to form the Big 12 “superconference,” this was what its founders expected from every football season: A unanimous national champion. Three top 10 teams. Five in the top 25.
Mail stolen in McLouth
Utility payment checks taken, inspector says
January 5, 2001
By Mike Belt U.S. Postal Service investigators are looking for someone who apparently stole some mail from a post office box in McLouth.
Kinsey sees bowl in KU future
Quarterback/point guard likes Jayhawks’ chances next year
January 5, 2001
By Gary Bedore It’s been five long years since Kansas University’s football team last played in a bowl game. That drought may end next season, says Mario Kinsey, KU’s freshman football quarterback/basketball point guard from Waco, Texas.
Sooners prove they are truly No. 1
But BCS still a bad way to determine national championship in college football
January 5, 2001
A nice, tidy package.
Sideline
January 5, 2001
Orange Bowl nets solid rating College football ISU joins elite group College basketball NIT sponsor sues NCAA Boston College players charged
Big 12 men finally ready for league play
January 5, 2001
By Chuck Woodling No more messing around. No more games against hyphen and compass schools. It’s time for the dogs to eat the dogs. Big 12 Conference men’s basketball internecine warfare will begin on Saturday with these questions
BCS, Sooners to make changes
January 5, 2001
In the end, the Bowl Championship Series worked again. That makes the BCS 3-for-3 in staging a national title game that produced an undisputed champion.
KC wants Vermeil
But Rams blocking Chiefs’ attempt to hire coach
January 5, 2001
The Kansas City Chiefs want to hire Dick Vermeil as head coach, but the St. Louis Rams have blocked the deal for now. The Rams, the team Vermeil led to last year’s Super Bowl championship, said the Chiefs have no right to hire him because he is under contract for one more season.
Bush taps old, new hands
FBI, CIA leaders may stay on, for now; two advisers get posts
January 5, 2001
Sticking with Clinton appointees, President-elect Bush wants FBI Director Louis Freeh to finish the last two years of his term and sought a brief extension for CIA Director George Tenet, advisers said Thursday.
Farm Bureau maps issues for legislators
January 5, 2001
By Mike Belt Development of ethanol and other biofuels may be in the long-term interest of Kansas, Kansas Farm Bureau Assn. representatives said Thursday during a meeting in Lawrence.
NBA fines Mavericks’ owner
Cuban penalized $250,000 for ripping officials
January 5, 2001
The NBA ruined Mark Cuban’s first anniversary as owner of the Dallas Mavericks, fining him $250,000 Thursday after he taunted officials and practically dared the league to punish him
State briefs
January 5, 2001
Younger guards sought for state prisons Police chief to retire after 30 years on force Former cop faces more burglary charges
Bonk boosts Senators, 8-3
Ottawa player logs three goals, three assists in victory over Tampa Bay
January 5, 2001
Radek Bonk and the Ottawa Senators got all the bounces.
Heat hot at home
Miami melts Nets, stretches streak to five
January 5, 2001
The Miami Heat made things a lot more difficult than coach Pat Riley had hoped.
KU teams with K.C. medical research lab
January 5, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Kansas University and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have signed an agreement that will pave the way to sharing faculty and equipment, officials said Thursday.
Lowell Gish
January 5, 2001
Donald Putthoff
January 5, 2001
Donald Cox
January 5, 2001
LHS relay posts win
January 5, 2001
Lawrence High’s 400 freestyle relay team claimed the city’s only victory, but six city swimmers placed second in a five-team swimming and diving invitational on Thursday at Leavenworth High.
Elna Loudermilk
January 5, 2001
Lawrence resident to run for city commission
January 5, 2001
By Erwin Seba Lawrence resident Scott Bailey declared his city commission candidacy Thursday, saying Lawrence must manage development wisely.
Weseman calls for big increase in state funding
January 5, 2001
By Tim Carpenter Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said Thursday public education in Kansas would slide into mediocrity without huge increases in state financing.
Lawrence district faces textbook shortage
January 5, 2001
By Tim Carpenter The Lawrence school district will have to make do with fewer new books or find $350,000 to make all purchases scheduled this school year. To make matters worse, a textbook funding shortfall could grow to more than $500,000 in the 2001-2002 school year.
Armeda Brunkow
January 5, 2001
Graves’ lack of spending plan worries lawmakers
January 5, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves doesn’t plan to give legislators what they want most from his State of the State address. Some lawmakers worry that the debate about education spending will be stalled as a result.
Tax hike gains support
Lt. Gov. Sherrer, unlike his boss, touts increase for education
January 5, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer says that if it takes a state tax increase to finance education, so be it. “I support that,” Sherrer said. His position is in contrast to that of Sherrer’s boss, Gov. Bill Graves, and legislative leaders. Graves has said he wants lawmakers to decide what kind of school system they want and then figure out how to pay for it.
Cigarette blamed for California wildfire
January 5, 2001
A sprawling wildfire that has destroyed homes and forced evacuations east of San Diego was apparently started by a cigarette tossed from a vehicle and into fierce Santa Ana winds, authorities said Thursday.
Philip Morris gifts draw fire
January 5, 2001
Millions of book covers sent to schools by cigarette maker Philip Morris show children on snowboards and skis and warn them: “Don’t Wipe Out. Think. Don’t Smoke.”
Drug czar upbeat in final report
January 5, 2001
Drug use among teens is down 21 percent during the last two years, but steroids and club drugs such as ecstasy are increasingly popular with young Americans, according to drug control policy chief Barry McCaffrey’s final annual report.
Networks admit they ‘blew it’ on election
January 5, 2001
In the first detailed explanations of November’s televised election night debacle, two network news operations on Thursday offered mea culpas for blown vote projections and recommended changes designed to improve future election coverage.
Nominee challenged Bush
Education secretary-designate criticized Texas’ record
January 5, 2001
While President-elect Bush touted his education record in Texas, his nominee for education secretary pointedly told Congress the state had done little to help rebuild badly deteriorated schools.
Civil rights groups say election was a ‘wake-up call’
January 5, 2001
Civil rights groups said the presidential election was a “wake-up call” to correct a widespread denial of black voters’ rights.
State revenues fall below expectations
Budget officials cautious about reasons for shortfall
January 5, 2001
The state collected less revenue than expected in December, and the news created a note of caution for legislators as they prepared to open their 2001 session.
Meat packing fire cause determined
Spontaneous combustion began blaze at ConAgra plant
January 5, 2001
Spontaneous combustion of organic material in a cooker inside the rendering compartment caused the fire at the ConAgra Beef Co. plant, officials said. A team of investigators from the Garden City Fire Department, the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office, ConAgra and its insurance company made the determination, which was announced Thursday, Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton said.
Shank Hill East receives approval
January 5, 2001
A nursing home industry group is proposing stricter staffing standards and other improvements in a plan that would cost the state $31.8 million a year. The Kansas Health Care Assn. said Thursday that it wants to increase the required hours of direct daily care for each nursing home patient to three from the current two.
State meth lab seizures on the increase
January 5, 2001
The number of methamphetamine labs continued to rise last year, but tougher laws have slowed the increase, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said. “We are no longer doubling like we have been. The increase has slowed down. We are not drowning as fast,” KBI spokesman Kyle Smith said Thursday.
Rails to trails on hold without cities’ backing
January 5, 2001
The organization that wants to turn an old railroad line into a new trail has been dealt blows by three local governments. The Central Kansas Conservancy wants property tax exemptions on rights of way for the Meadowlark and Sunflower trails and a federal grant to develop them.
County sees ‘Net steal revenue
Online purchases blamed for drop in sales tax funds
January 5, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Douglas County officials are worried the county is starting to lose sales-tax revenues because of an increase in untaxed e-commerce.
Snake thief slithers away
Rare Eastern Hognose stolen from center
January 5, 2001
By Katie Hollar There was no ransom note. Lawrence police are investigating the theft of a 3-foot, toad-eating snake from Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper.
County briefs
January 5, 2001
Shank Hill East receives approval Bridge bids approved for Chicken Creek Arch
Enjoy your age,’ advises Lawrence’s oldest resident, 107
January 5, 2001
By Erwin Seba When Elspeth Boyd was born, Grover Cleveland was president and the Wright Brothers were nine years away from take off. Boyd, Douglas County’s oldest resident, turned 107 Thursday. The quiet birthday celebration with family and a few friends was in marked contrast to other events she’s witnessed.
KSU prof lambastes school’s research
January 5, 2001
Research at Kansas State University favors huge farm corporations that are big donors to the land-grant university, Kansas State law professor Roger McEowen told farmers at a legislative tour on agricultural concentration. “I am concerned research results are skewed on the side of the hand that is feeding them,” McEowen said Thursday.
Middle East peace hopes still alive, but struggling
January 5, 2001
Arab foreign ministers criticized key points of President Clinton’s peace proposal on Thursday, but Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he still hoped a peace deal with Israel could be reached before Clinton leaves office.
Support process
January 5, 2001
Letter off base
January 5, 2001
Trees part of Clinton legacy
January 5, 2001
By David Shribman The Boston Globe His days in office growing short, President Clinton is counting his legacy in dollars saved (the deficits are gone), deaths avoided (peace reigns most everywhere), impeachments survived (the historic events of December 1998 being overshadowed by the historic election impasse of December 2000).
Old Home Town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
January 5, 2001
Parking problem
January 5, 2001
Making the effort
January 5, 2001
Journal-World Editorial Some may not see it, but George W. Bush is trying hard to assemble an able and diverse support group. It may not be fashionable for left-leaning public figures and media members to acknowledge it, but president-elect George W. Bush seems to be doing a competent job of blending diversity and ability in his cabinet.
Etta James lives up to title on ‘Matriarch of the Blues’
January 5, 2001
At 62, Etta James has lived long enough to influence generations of singers most recently Christina Aguilera invokes James’ name in concert by singing her classic 1961 “At Last” before puzzled pint-size fans.
Primetime TV gets silly with ‘Scorpion’
January 5, 2001
Primetime TV just got sillier with “Black Scorpion” (7 p.m., Sci Fi). Equal parts “Batman,” “Knight Rider,” “Smackdown” and a little “Son of the Beach” on the side, this comic-book action series is the latest creation of legendary schlock-meister, Roger Corman.
Daily ticker
January 5, 2001
Sears closing stores, cutting jobs
January 5, 2001
Sears, Roebuck and Co. announced plans Thursday to close 89 stores amid a tightening outlook for retailers that caused its sales to fall slightly last month. The move will cost about 2,400 Sears employees their jobs. Stores targeted for closing mostly were among Sears’ 2,100 specialty retail locations, and include 53 National Tire and Battery stores and 30 hardware stores.
Stocks end lower despite optimism about rate cut
January 5, 2001
Wall Street stepped back Thursday, taking profits from the gains that followed the Federal Reserve’s unexpected interest rate cut. Investors retreated from blue chips and also refrained from making new commitments to high-tech issues. Some pullback was expected after the Fed’s surprise half-point rate cut.
Grinch steals retailers’ Christmas
Companies report lower earnings, brace for another tough year
January 5, 2001
In what may have been the poorest holiday season in a decade, the nation’s retailers reported sales figures that were even worse than expected, the result of a souring economy and bad winter weather. “The Grinch stole Christmas,” said Kurt Barnard, publisher of the Barnard Retail Trend Report.
Pope expected to name cardinals in a few days
January 5, 2001
Pope John Paul may name Archbishop Egan a cardinal as soon as Sunday, a well-placed Vatican source said. At the same time, the source said, the Pope is likely to name as cardinals Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, 70, a New Yorker who recently took command of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, 65, a former Vatican insider who is in charge of the St. Louis Archdiocese.
Spirituality
January 5, 2001
Billy Graham plans two revivals in 2001 Professor says priest plagiarized her work
Christian-based psychologists, therapists don’t preach
January 5, 2001
By Jim Baker It looks like an ordinary office, and in many ways it is. But it is also a place of faith, where people in need come to be healed through the agency of their fellow human beings and, perhaps, even by God. “We do everything that a regular mental health center does, but with a boost.
Pentecostal passion
Movement that began in Topeka is gaining members
January 5, 2001
Just before he reads the familiar passage from the Gospel of Luke, James Haffener tells fellow worshippers that he feels too much of the Lord’s glory to be “still inside myself.” He’s not going to give a historical reading, but remind members of the First Assembly of God why the song millions of Christians sing each holiday season is called “Joy to the World.”