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Turnpike accident blocks westbound traffic
July 27, 2001
(Updated Saturday at 2:12 p.m.) Traffic heading west was backed up Friday morning on the Kansas Turnpike after a tractor-trailer overturned on the roadway about three miles east of Lawrence.
Nick Leet: 6Sports athlete of the week
July 27, 2001
After placing 5th at the Zone diving competition last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nick Leet is on his way to summer nationals in Indiana. He leaves on Tuesday and will be diving on Thursday.
Longhorn earns surprise gold
Hansen eclipses 10-year-old World Swimming record
July 27, 2001
Three weeks shy of his 20th birthday, Brendan Hansen has his first world swimming championship gold medal. He doesn’t expect it will be his last. “This is a huge stepping stone for me,” the University of Texas student said Thursday after upstaging a glamor field to win the 200-meter breaststroke.
Late surge lifts Sting past Mystics
July 27, 2001
Tammy Sutton-Brown’s layup with 6.5 seconds left capped a 14-0 run as the Charlotte Sting beat the Washington Mystics, 62-60, Thursday. The Mystics, who led 60-48 with 6:26 remaining, had a chance to tie, but Annie Burgess’ runner in the lane at the buzzer bounced off the left side of the rim.
Patrol car damaged in pile-up
July 27, 2001
By Mindie Paget Mount Oread proved too formidable a foe Thursday evening for a street sweeper.
Baseball briefs
July 27, 2001
Cards’ outfielder Drew starts rehab assignment Colon’s suspension reduced to six games Former batting coach files suit against Cards Ankiel allows one hit, strikes out 12 in minors Indians recall Drese
6Sports report: Raiders at bat in Zone tourney
July 27, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the Lawrence Raiders game against the Blue Valley West Jags in Zone tournament play.
Blue Valley West edges Raiders, 6-4
July 27, 2001
By Doug Pacey Lawrence’s Raiders probably wish they could have used some of those excess runs from their 12-3 victory on Tuesday night. The Raiders hit the ball then, but couldn’t muster much at the plate on Thursday night in a 6-4 loss to Blue Valley West in the second round of the Triple-A Legion zone baseball tournament at Free State High.
Castro commemorates start of Cuban revolution
July 27, 2001
Fidel Castro led more than a million of his compatriots on a march Thursday to celebrate the start of the Cuban revolution, trekking about 1 1/2 miles in a display of vigor after his fainting spell last month.
Senate puts foot down on truck safety
July 27, 2001
The Senate ignored a White House veto threat and voted Thursday to back tougher safety standards than President Bush wants for Mexican trucks entering the United States.
Wyoming fire chases firefighters away
July 27, 2001
Winds died Thursday night, temporarily easing the wildfire threat to 100 homes outside Jackson but not before the flames forced firefighters to abandon firebreaks and scramble to save themselves.
6Sports report: 2001 media poll
July 27, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the KU football team’s standing in the 2001 Big 12 Media Poll, released on Thursday.
Take the plunge
July 27, 2001
Joshua Dreiling, 3, is all smiles as he gets personal attention from swim class instructor Larry Goltz, a Kansas University student from Chicago. Joshua was among participants in the parent/child swimming class at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
High temps have AC repairmen hopping
July 27, 2001
By Joy Ludwig When you’re already hot under the collar from sweltering summer temperatures, a faulty air conditioner can make your blood boil.
Bush pays homage to WWII Navajo Code Talkers
July 27, 2001
Nearly six decades after they went to war, 29 Navajo Indians were honored Thursday for creating the uncrackable code used by the Marines during World War II’s fiercest battles. President Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award Congress can bestow, to four of the surviving Navajo Code Talkers. The other 25 Code Talkers were represented by family members, who accepted the medals.
KDOT pilot program follows natural path
Prairie flowers, native grasses lining some roads
July 27, 2001
By Dave Ranney Driving across Kansas could soon be much more colorful. Miles-long corridors of native grasses and wildflowers eventually will replace the roadside monotony that comes with repeated mowing.
Gerald King
July 27, 2001
Kelly Roberts
July 27, 2001
Mary McDonald
July 27, 2001
Una Ponton
July 27, 2001
Mailboxes flagged for abuse
July 27, 2001
By Mike Belt Thanks to someone armed with a red brick, the three months Cecil Leonard labored carving a wooden hobby horse for his mailbox were for naught.
Sanders cleans out baseball locker
Redskins don’t know when or if cornerback/outfielder will report
July 27, 2001
Deion Sanders hit a home run for Triple-A Syracuse, then cleared out his locker and gave goodbye hugs Thursday night. Sanders, however, did not say where he was headed be it back to the Washington Redskins of the NFL, or elsewhere. “I want to prepare myself for whatever happens,” he said. “You never know.”
Senators challenge Ashcroft on gun records
July 27, 2001
Two senators asked Thursday for all internal memoranda and documents related to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s decision to purge gun purchase files after one day.
First lady launches education summit
July 27, 2001
Recalling her difficulties decades ago as a new teacher, first lady Laura Bush on Thursday said colleges of education still are not always preparing new teachers for the classroom.
Exhausted’ Mariah Carey checks herself into hospital
July 27, 2001
Mariah Carey has checked herself into a hospital for “extreme exhaustion,” her spokeswoman said Thursday.
American League Roundup: Yankees stretch win streak to five
Spencer drives in career-high six runs in New York’s 14-8 romp
July 27, 2001
Shane Spencer walks into the Yankees’ clubhouse every day, waiting to see if the cardboard tacked to the door has his name in the starting lineup. He knows his average has been in the low .200s, his swing not quite there a year after knee surgery. But with the Yankees’ offense struggling for most of this season, manager Joe Torre keeps giving him a chance.
National League Roundup: McGwire powers Cards
Bonds belts 43rd, 44th homers for Giants
July 27, 2001
Mark McGwire’s power is still there. McGwire hit two home runs as St. Louis beat Chicago, 3-1, Thursday. McGwire has 570 home runs, three behind Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career list. He has homered in three straight games, and has nine in his last 15 games since the All-Star break.
Music groups fight to stay relevant
Pop acts, wary of giving up the spotlight, put out more records faster
July 27, 2001
Time was, pop stars who hit it big would ride out the success of an album and then lie low for awhile, presumably restoring their creative energies and also whetting the public’s appetite for the next record.
Daily ticker
July 27, 2001
Insurance agent enjoys writing polices and singing for people
July 27, 2001
Name: Mark Chaney.
Increase in workers’ wages slowing
July 27, 2001
U.S. workers’ wages and benefits rose at a slower pace in the second quarter as the sluggish economy translated into less-generous compensation packages. The employment cost index, a closely watched gauge of inflation, rose 0.9 percent in the April-June quarter, down from a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent rise in the previous quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
Cigarette maker apologizes for report
July 27, 2001
Tobacco giant Philip Morris Cos. has apologized for a company-funded study that stated the early deaths of smokers is one of the “positive effects” of cigarette consumption.
Langford prepared to prank back
KU freshman-to-be scores 15 in loss to Lithuania at Global Games
July 27, 2001
Dawn Reiss, Special to the Journal-World Kansas’ Keith Langford wasn’t exactly sure what he felt when he touched the keyhole to his door one morning in June during summer school in Lawrence. He realized a few minutes later syrup had been placed on every freshman’s door. Langford only had one guess of who might have done it.
Microsoft outlines plans to survive
Company leaders prepare to expand products, tighten belts to overcome economic slump
July 27, 2001
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates compared the technology industry’s plight to World War II, opening a meeting by quoting Winston Churchill. “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Stocks advance despite warnings
Second-quarter earnings, uncertain outlook still worry analysts
July 27, 2001
News of more job cuts and a revenue warning from Hewlett-Packard pressured stocks Thursday, but Wall Street held firm, extending a rebound that began a day earlier. The market’s gains, which were strongest in tech stocks, came late in a session that was characterized by choppy trading. Analysts didn’t expect the upturn to last, and noted that the fundamental problems that led to the market’s selloff Monday and Tuesday hadn’t disappeared.
Alabama group’s Bibles used for evangelism in former Soviet bloc
July 27, 2001
Paul Lemons’ ministry started out small tiny, to be exact.
Religion and relief
U.S. government has a long history of funding religious groups that help poor overseas
July 27, 2001
Decades before President Bush asked Congress to let religious charities compete for more taxpayer dollars, the federal government began a financial relationship with faith-based groups that continues today. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars in public money goes to U.S.-based religious agencies for their work in foreign countries. The money pays for famine relief, new schools and treating AIDS patients, among other things.
State considers quarter design
Kansas begins laying groundwork for its commemorative coin
July 27, 2001
Some Kansans want to make sure they are not shortchanged on their quarter design.
Audit critical of KBI lab backlog
July 27, 2001
An explosion of methamphetamine cases and a lack of chemists has caused such lengthy delays in processing evidence at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation laboratories that prosecutors are forced to dismiss charges against some drug manufacturers, according to a state audit.
Priest wants sex-crime sentence reduced
July 27, 2001
A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty in February to four sex crimes involving altar boys wants his sentence changed to the terms of his plea agreement meaning he would get out of prison right away.
Federal drug charge brings guilt admission
July 27, 2001
A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to bringing 202 pounds of marijuana from Las Cruces, N.M., to Wichita on a private airplane, U.S. Atty. Jim Flory said Wednesday.
Authorities say master manipulator behind triple slaying
Former honor student’s attorney says, ‘His story is he’s innocent’ of New Year’s homicides in Colorado
July 27, 2001
Simon Ewing Sue had a knack for winning friends. Some say he used it to form a murderous cult around himself. According to police, the one-time honors student was such a skilled manipulator that he persuaded two classmates to join his wannabe paramilitary organization and kill a couple and their teen-age grandson.
Stolen identity scheme unravels for Bethel College football player
July 27, 2001
At first, Lonnie Webster just wanted a driver’s license. So when his own was suspended, he used the identity of his 16-year-old Florida friend, James Odom, to get a new license when he moved to Hawaii.
Four people die in fiery car wreck in Lyons
July 27, 2001
Four young people from Lyons were killed early Wednesday when a car crashed into a tree on the west edge of the city and burst into flames.
Prosecutors argue against attorney change
Capital murder defendant wants to hire untested legal counsel
July 27, 2001
Serial murder suspect John E. Robinson must have adequate counsel, even if that means appointing a lawyer against the defendant’s wishes, Johnson County prosecutors have told a judge. Robinson recently replaced his court-appointed lawyers from the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit with a private attorney who has been practicing law only since May 2000.
Toll on tourism raises questions about turnpike
July 27, 2001
Drivers zipping through Kansas are paying extra if they decide to get off the turnpike for a meal or to visit one of the state’s tourist attractions. The little-known charge is generally less than 50 cents for passenger cars, but can rise to more than a couple of dollars for recreational vehicles and trucks.
Region briefs
July 27, 2001
Teens face charges for shooting at cars House fire deadly to two children
Paroled rapist charged in slaying
July 27, 2001
A paroled Arkansas rapist charged with killing a Parkville woman pleaded innocent Thursday to first-degree murder a day after a grand jury indicted him in the case. Wayne DuMond, 51, is accused in the Sept. 20 death of Carol Shields, 39, who was found suffocated in a friend’s Clay County apartment about 10 miles from DuMond’s home. Police said lab tests showed tissue found under Shields fingernails matched DuMond’s DNA.
Japanese get taste of Lawrence
Hiratsuka visitors enjoy Heartland amenities, shopping during two-week stay
July 27, 2001
By Joel Mathis During the course of several days in Kansas, Mari Takeuchi of Hiratsuka, Japan, has been on a whirlwind tour of museums, classrooms and meetings with government officials. So what’s her favorite thing about Kansas so far?
Shakespeare ‘portrait’ stirs debate
July 27, 2001
He has a narrow face with curly hair that is starting to thin on top. A light goatee adorns the strong chin, below a tight mouth, straight nose and blue-green eyes.
World briefs
July 27, 2001
Barrier bulldozed at Japan’s embassy Japan claims whales eat too much fish Archaeologists find Neanderthal cooking pit
North Korean leader’s trip follows path of his father
July 27, 2001
After midnight the lights went out in the Khabarovsk railroad station, and Russian guards with rifles went on the ready. Then, just before 2 a.m. a Moscow-bound train pulled in, carrying a mysterious and reclusive passenger: Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea.
Geologists stumped by gas leak mystery
July 27, 2001
By Mike Belt It’s back to square one in the search for the source of mysterious combustible gas in the area of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive. A buried gasoline tank next to Priscilla’s, 1206 W. 23rd St., was not believed to be the source, said Dan Kellerman, northeast district geologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
No monopoly
July 27, 2001
Republican moderates seek a role
July 27, 2001
By David Shribman The Boston Globe This period of heavy politics and high humidity is the Republican moderates’ moment but not the one they expected. A year ago, at the party’s Philadelphia convention, the moderates were in the ascendancy, feeling emboldened (the new Republican sentiment) and feeling empowered (the new GOP buzzword).
Delay tactics
July 27, 2001
J-W Editorials Are Kansas legislators looking for an excuse not to tackle school finance reform? Any Kansas lawmaker looking for a reason to delay action on increased funding for public schools just got the perfect excuse.
Inmate makes escape with false identity
July 27, 2001
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man who escaped the county jail by pretending to be another inmate with the same last name.
NFL cracking down on trash talk
Marcus Allen narrates 8 1/2-minute video that will be shown to each team during training camp
July 27, 2001
We’ve seen enough of that in-your-face, trash-talking garbage on the football field. And we’re not talking just XFL, either. We saw enough of that thuggery last season in the NFL, which thankfully has decided to do something about it. After a season in which Oakland’s Regan Upshaw spit in the face of Pittsburgh punter Josh Miller, and San Francisco’s Terrell Owens twice desecrated the star in the middle of Texas Stadium, the league has decided to crack down on ugly incidents that scar its sacred landscape.
District requests residents curb outdoor water use
July 27, 2001
By Mindie Paget Thursday’s drizzle rained temporary relief on Douglas County but it won’t be enough to ease an impending water shortage in Rural Water District No. 5. The district, which serves southwest Douglas and northwest Franklin counties, is asking its 867 customers to voluntarily curtail outside water use. Otherwise, it will have to institute mandatory measures and police water use.
Naked man seen at Lone Star
July 27, 2001
Nude man reported at Lone Star Lake A naked man watching swimmers caused concern Wednesday at Lone Star Lake, a Douglas County Sheriff’s report said.
Collison in Texas
July 27, 2001
With 4:20 remaining, Kansas University’s Nick Collison hit a three-pointer to give USA Basketball a 74-74 deadlock against Yugoslavia at the Global Games on Thursday night at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. Fifteen seconds later, Yugoslavia’s Goran Cakic fouled Collison and the KU junior-to-be sank two free throws for a 76-74 lead.
Gerald King obituary
July 27, 2001
Gerald King Services for Gerald Leonard King, 45, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, Leavenworth.
Mailboxes continue to be targets
July 27, 2001
mbelt@ljworld.com Thanks to someone armed with a red brick, the three months Cecil Leonard labored carving a wooden hobby horse for his mailbox were for naught.
Helm arrested again
July 27, 2001
mbelt@ljworld.com A teen-ager convicted of taking two Lawrence children from their mother was arrested again for allegedly making a criminal threat.
Tickets available for Hobbs Park benefit
July 27, 2001
Benefit to raise funds for Hobbs Park Memorial
Hiratsuka students experience Lawrence
July 27, 2001
jmathis@ljworld.com During the course of several days in Kansas, Mari Takeuchi of Hiratsuka, Japan, has been on a whirlwind tour of museums, classrooms and meetings with government officials.
Sweeper loses brakes
July 27, 2001
mpaget@ljworld.com Mount Oread proved too formidable a foe Thursday evening for a street sweeper.
Blotter
July 27, 2001
Law enforcement report Condition reports
SSG resumes
July 27, 2001
The second and final weekend of the 12th annual Sunflower State Games will begin tonight with basketball, girls softball and wrestling weigh-ins. This weekend’s basketball will feature mainly adult action, but will also include sixth-grade boys and girls games. Most games are scheduled in Allen Fieldhouse and Robinson Center.
Water conservation breakout
July 27, 2001
Watch your outside water use * To reduce water loss from evaporation, water the lawn slowly and only during cool, windless periods. Lawns only need to be watered every five to seven days in the summer. Water your lawn early in the morning and not in the heat of the afternoon.
Soundoff on pool dress code
July 27, 2001
Please print the dress code for the public pool. Jimmy Gibbs, the city’s aquatics supervisor, said: “It has to be bathing attire, no cutoffs. We don’t allow T-shirts in the water. That’s pretty much it.”
QBs could make or break Big 12
July 27, 2001
rsinclair@ljworld.com Dallas — Instead of viewing his vacancy at quarterback as a question mark, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops sees it as an exclamation point.
Tax refund story
July 27, 2001
mmhess@ljworld.com When a federal tax refund check popped into George Schmidt’s mailbox Monday, he knew exactly what to do with his $600.
s higher rates cause you to be more conservative
July 27, 2001
Will KPL’s higher rates cause you to be more conservative of energy?
City volleyball scores
July 27, 2001
City Results Coed Recreation Sand: KU Rugby 3, Spikeless Wonders 0; Plymouth Rocks Two 3, Superstars 0; Dig Buddies 3, Lead Feet 0
Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney announces engagement
July 27, 2001
Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled.
Langford prepared to prank back
July 27, 2001
Dawn Reiss Special to the Journal-World
Tour de France: Armstrong closing in on third straight title
July 27, 2001
Relaxing in the garden of a chateau while son Luke and wife Kristin played nearby, soon-to-be triple Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong seemed to have it all. But memories of less happy times still abound. The Texan, about to claim his third consecutive title in the world’s toughest cycling race, also is the survivor of advanced testicular cancer that left him forever aware of life’s frailty.
Lawrence gets grant for compost machine
July 27, 2001
The city of Lawrence has received a $50,000 state grant for a machine to increase the efficiency of composting.
Briefcase
July 27, 2001
Xerox names CEO College to offer degree in computer security Goodyear wins contract to supply Postal Service Economic slump pushes Infineon to cut jobs
Children need preparation for all aspects of college
July 27, 2001
Our son will be leaving for college next fall. Is there anything we can do to help ease the transition from home to dorm life? For starters, author Joan Wester Anderson suggests that you make sure that your teen has the basic skills necessary to survive dorm life. Can he operate a washer and dryer, stick to a budget, handle a checkbook, get along with roommates and manage his time wisely?
Residents reach out with tiny churches on their property
July 27, 2001
After Gene Meade retired from Mead Products he built a tiny church on Church Street near his home in Easton. The Every Day Church welcomes guests with a sign that reads “Yes, We’re Open.” And it means 24/7/365.
Spirituality
July 27, 2001
Ashcroft defends religious beliefs during church service President tells Mormons to welcome non-Mormons Suicide of priest draws attention to pressures of job
Births
July 27, 2001
* Jon and Melinda Davis, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday. * Mark and Cathy Kern, Nortonville, a girl, Tuesday.
Western says merger will be difficult
July 27, 2001
srothschild@ljworld.com Topeka — Top officials with Western Resources Inc. and Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Thursday that they cannot complete their merger under recent orders by state utility regulators.
Teacher’s family seeks life sentence for teen killer
July 27, 2001
Calling Nathaniel Brazill dangerous, scary and remorseless, prosecutors and the family of murdered teacher Barry Grunow tried Thursday to convince a judge to impose a life sentence for the crime the teen committed when he was 13 years old.
Nation briefs
July 27, 2001
Approved legislation tests church-state separation Powerball jackpot rises Stamp raises $21.5 million to fight breast cancer Virus worries prompt CDC to urge mosquito control
Nation brief
July 27, 2001
Pool company explosion forces evacuations Floodwaters make unwelcome return First recipient of heart device dies Consumer group wants stricter food labels
City receives state grant for composting machine
July 27, 2001
The city has received a $50,000 state grant for a machine to increase the efficiency of composting. Mollie Mangerich, recycling coordinator for the city, said the grant — one of 30 to cities, counties and local businesses across the state for solid waste management — would be used to purchase a windrow turner.
Big 12 football media days: Coaches dislike championship
Jayhawks tapped last in north in preseason media poll
July 27, 2001
By Robert Sinclair If certain teams had their wish, the Big 12 championship football game would be a thing of the past. Curiously, one of the most vocal opponents of the game during the first of the conference’s annual media days Thursday was the coach who won last year’s game. “It’s pretty simple it’s a more difficult road to travel,” said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, whose squad followed the Big 12 crown with a national championship last season.
On the record
July 27, 2001
Collison steps up for USA
KU junior hits key three, free throws in victory
July 27, 2001
By Dawn Reiss, Special to the Journal-World With 4:20 remaining, Kansas University’s Nick Collison hit a three-pointer to give USA Basketball a 74-74 deadlock against Yugoslavia at the Global Games on Thursday night at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. Fifteen seconds later, Yugoslavia’s Goran Cakic fouled Collison and the KU junior-to-be sank two free throws for a 76-74 lead.
Democrats fear U.S. beoming isolationist
July 27, 2001
As the U.S.-European rift widens, from missile defense and nuclear testing to land mines and global warming, some European leaders and U.S. Democrats suggest President Bush is drawing America into a new era of isolationism.
Bush reflects on first six months
July 27, 2001
President Bush conceded Thursday he’s had his struggles with Congress and is bound to have more, joking that “a dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier.” Still, he said the relationship is a healthy one after his first six months in office.
Religion briefs
July 27, 2001
Clinton Parkway offers children’s program Christian museum seeks volunteers Mustard Seed groups schedule activities Calvary Temple plans Singspiration Night
The great thermostat standoff
July 27, 2001
By Lenore Skenazy New York Daily News The cold war is alive and well.
Some late summer reading
July 27, 2001
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe So we approach the height of the summer reading season with this piece of good news: an e-book is not a book.
Health issue riles pro-choice forces
July 27, 2001
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group The voices of compassion have again been raised in alarm against the Bush administration. Its offense this time is a desire to increase the access that low-income pregnant women have to prenatal care. The problem began when the Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to health officials of the states, notifying them of “a new opportunity to provide health care coverage to low-income children through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).” The letter said the administration would propose that “an unborn child may be considered a ‘targeted low-income child.’”
Western bemoans merger woes
July 27, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Top officials with Western Resources Inc. and Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Thursday that they cannot complete their merger under recent orders by state utility regulators. The companies said they would try to rewrite the terms of the deal to make it more palatable to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Arms proposals due for Bush-Putin summit
July 27, 2001
Setting a timetable for strategic arms talks, President Bush’s national security adviser and her Russian counterpart on Thursday both said they wanted to move from confrontation to cooperation then refused to budge from their tough positions.
Pineiro blanks KC as Seattle avoids first sweep - Mariners 4, Royals 0
July 27, 2001
Joel Pineiro, making his third major league start, pitched one-hit ball for six innings as the Seattle Mariners avoided getting swept for the first time this season with a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. The Mariners (73-29) still have not lost three straight all year.
Search for gas continues
July 27, 2001
mbelt@ljworld.com It’s back to square one in the search for the source of mysterious combustible gas in the area of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive.
Big 12 football media days: OU, K-State seek QBs
Stoops says Sooners can replace Heupel
July 27, 2001
By Robert Sinclair Instead of viewing his vacancy at quarterback as a question mark, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops sees it as an exclamation point. Stoops was one of six coaches who faced the press during the first of two Big 12 Conference media days Thursday at Dallas’ Union Station, and one of two coaches Kansas State’s Bill Snyder was the other who must replace their starting QBs from a year ago.
Horoscopes
July 27, 2001
Lawrence briefs
July 27, 2001
Spate of tire slashings reported along 21st Terrace Sheriff’s officers investigate report of nudity at lake Computers, stereo system taken from Lawrence store Sherrer named chairman of Lt. governors conference
Local briefs
July 27, 2001
Tickets are still available for Hobbs memorial dinner Benefit tickets are still available to raise funds for a memorial to one of Lawrence’s abolitionist founders. Tickets for Sunday’s Hobbs Park Memorial dinner cost $75. The event will be at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will be the keynote speaker, and Steve Mason and Friends will play Civil War-era music. Funds raised at the dinner will help complete the memorial, which includes the home of abolitionist newspaper publisher John Speer, above, in time for the Aug. 19 dedication ceremony. About $30,000 is needed for the $200,000 project that will honor Speer. If not enough money is raised, organizers said they will continue seeking funds after the dedication. For tickets, call Terry Comfort, Eldridge’s director of catering, at 749-5011. ____________ Budget: Douglas County District Court Clerk reducing hours The Douglas County District Court Clerk’s Office Monday will change the hours it is open to the public. The office will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., Court Clerk Doug Hamilton said. Employees, however, will continue to work behind closed doors until 5 p.m. During the next several weeks, three part-time clerk positions in the office will be eliminated. The move is necessary to meet state budget restrictions set down for individual judicial districts by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration. Earlier this year, the Kansas Legislature’s appropriation to the state judicial budget was about $2 million less than requested. The Douglas County Court had to come up with a little more than $20,000 in reductions by the end of the year. For the remainder of this week, the clerk’s office will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The change will not affect the offices of district court judges nor the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, which will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Court schedules will not change. ____________ Disturbance: Grill, tools, bat called into service during fight Two men fighting with each other Tuesday night at a mobile home court used a barbecue grill, screwdriver, baseball bat and a water meter cover for weapons, Lawrence Police said. Officers were dispatched about 9 p.m. to the disturbance at 1045 E. 23rd St., Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The fight began after a 19-year-old man drove a vehicle into a lot, touching another vehicle with his, Pattrick said. A 35-year-old man sitting in the parked vehicle became upset and the fight was on, Pattrick said. When officers arrived, one of the suspects had fled. No arrests were made. ____________ Gasoline costs: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.179 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and Conoco, Sixth Street and Crestline Drive. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.
Sox send Baldwin to Dodgers
Chicago obtains three minor league players
July 27, 2001
Pitcher James Baldwin, on the trading block since signing a one-year contract this winter, was sent from the Chicago White Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for three minor leaguers. The Dodgers, desperate for starting pitching, traded left-hander Onan Masaoka, right-hander Gary Majewski and outfielder Jeff Barry for Baldwin and cash.
Dead Sea graves open ancient Israel mystery
July 27, 2001
Archaeologists digging close to the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found have discovered a mausoleum and a nearby coffin that may have held the bodies of important leaders from the early days of Christianity. While the researchers say the new find is highly intriguing, they may never know who is buried at the site.
Residents’ plans vary for tax refunds
Jump-starting economy doesn’t top everyone’s list for rebate checks
July 27, 2001
By Matt Merkel-Hess When a federal tax refund check popped into George Schmidt’s mailbox Monday, he knew exactly what to do with his $600. He put it in the bank.
Crash victim in coma gives birth to healthy daughter
July 27, 2001
A car crash victim who was in a coma virtually her entire pregnancy has given birth to a healthy, nearly 8-pound daughter.
Intern’s family considers lawsuit against Condit
July 27, 2001
The lawyer for Chandra Levy’s family raised the possibility Thursday of a lawsuit against Rep. Gary Condit if police are unable to solve the former federal intern’s disappearance.
Mount Etna’s new lava stream swallows ski lift
Philippines volcano also causing trouble
July 27, 2001
With a wall of lava ominously inching toward a tourist center at the base of Mount Etna, Italy on Thursday sent army bulldozers up the mountain to build an earth embankment and stave off Europe’s biggest, most active volcano.
Macedonian president says political negotiations to resume
July 27, 2001
Political reform talks aimed at ending an ethnic Albanian insurgency will resume soon, with the next round to be in the strife-torn city of Tetovo as a symbol of negotiators’ commitment to peace, Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski said Thursday.
Skywriters flight on old 404 memorable
July 27, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Not too long ago, a Great Britain-based magazine called “Flight International” conducted a contest. Identify five obscure aircraft and you would win an expenses-paid trip for two to the Paris Air Show. One of my brothers entered the contest and won. Big deal.
10-year-old girl shouldn’t be forced to visit father
July 27, 2001
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July 27, 2001
Hepburn leaves hospital L.A. confidential Love shack Another wedding for Andie