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Brown bag concert series opens
June 8, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 5:01 p.m.) Youngsters were dancing. Their parents were tapping their toes. And passersby were drinking in the sweet bluegrass sounds of Lawrence’s Billy Spears Band Thursday over the noon hour in downtown Lawrence.
Nation Briefs
June 8, 2001
Wyoming: Jury blames Paxil for murder rampage Michigan: Identical answers given on state tests ATLANTA: Racial disparity seen in Down’s deaths
Nation Briefs
June 8, 2001
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Toymaker fined for safety defects Washington: IRS penalizes earthquake victims
Nation Briefs
June 8, 2001
Georgia: Father’s suicide also takes daughter’s life WASHINGTON, D.C.: Field of candidates for FBI chief narrowed
Lakers re-learning how to handle loss
June 8, 2001
Shaquille O’Neal got a kick out of the way a foreign journalist pronounced the word “Goliath,” playfully mocking the man by repeating the mispronunciation
Cleveland rocks N.Y.
Rockers earn redemption from last year with 67-49 victory
June 8, 2001
Once the New York Liberty made their run, Merlakia Jones went on a tear of her own.
Dominating Brack has big breakthrough
June 8, 2001
Now that Kenny Brack has broken into the victory column in CART, he looks like a solid bet to win any race.
Cubs complete sweep
Chicago pushes lead to five games with 4-3 win
June 8, 2001
The Chicago Cubs are so hot these days they think they can win every game, even when the opposing pitcher is flirting with a no-hitter in the seventh inning.
Estes ties course record
Golfer shoots 10-under-par 61 at St. Jude Classic
June 8, 2001
Bob Estes tied the course record at a sodden TPC at Southwind with a 10-under-par 61 Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.
Almost-summer scenes
June 8, 2001
Keeping the ball in the glove is a struggle that plagues players from T-ball to the major leagues. During T-ball practice Wednesday at Cordley School, Darian Van Nostrand, 6, found that using two hands especially when combined with using just one eye isn’t the best technique for successful fielding.
Bush pens nation’s third across-the-board tax cut since WWII
June 8, 2001
President Bush signed into law the largest tax cut in a generation Thursday, fulfilling his signature campaign promise and enacting a broad rate reduction that once seemed politically impossible.
McVeigh prepared to die
Execution on for Monday after three-judge panel rejects bomber’s appeal
June 8, 2001
After failing twice in two days to delay his execution, convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh abruptly gave up his legal fight Thursday and declared he is ready to die. The surprising twist to an unusual legal battle came moments after a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said McVeigh’s attorneys “utterly failed to demonstrate substantial grounds” why the execution should not proceed as scheduled on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.
Children love the little Jesus
Christ sports figurines win fans, attract detractors
June 8, 2001
Jesus Christ has got game. A series of 6-inch sports statues are causing quite a stir. They show show Jesus helping a child bat at home plate, facing off for a hockey puck, playing soccer, playing football and jogging with a track baton in a relay.
Terry Saffer
June 8, 2001
Area Briefs
June 8, 2001
Kansas City Barbeque Society to heat up local grills Courtroom arrest delays hearing KU graduate tapped for treasury post Praeger to address clinic Magazine seller cited for soliciting without license
M’s vex Vegas
Mariners confounding casinos
June 8, 2001
Those Mariners. Not only are they blowing up everything in their path to the American League West championship, they’re hammering the so-called “wise guys” in Nevada.
Greene a machine against O’s
Catcher filling in nicely for Posada with two doubles, three RBIs in 4-0 win
June 8, 2001
Todd Greene is quickly becoming the Yankees’ favorite fill-in.
Chapter closes on co-op
June 8, 2001
By Mark Fagan Robert Laing wants to get into agriculture, and he’s willing to pay more than $3 million to do it. Laing, an Overland Park attorney, emerged as the high bidder Thursday for the bulk of assets owned by Lawrence-based Farmers Cooperative Assn., which is dissolving under bankruptcy pressure after 48 years in business.
Spritiuality
June 8, 2001
Presbyterians expect debate about ban on gay clergy Kansas priest becomes candidate for sainthood Fallen TV evangelist plans Florida youth camp
Blair re-elected prime minister
June 8, 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labor Party stormed to overwhelming election victory early today, clinching a parliamentary majority that propelled him to a second term. Conservative rival William Hague conceded his crushing defeat.
Briefcase
June 8, 2001
Central Bank keeps interest rate unchanged elevator explosion: DeBruce Grain lawyer says legal battles over recall expanded: Ford to replace tires on its vehicles in Japan economy: Consumer borrowing increases in April
Colorado cruises to force Game 7
Roy records record 19th playoff shutout as Avs prevail, 4-0
June 8, 2001
A nine-month season has come down to one game for Colorado and New Jersey. A 22-season career may have come down to one game for Ray Bourque just as he promised it would.
Baseball briefs
June 8, 2001
Varitek fractures elbow Palmer suspended, fined Mariners sign Russian Rangers coaches swap
Religion briefs
June 8, 2001
Lawrence Heights presents youth rally Corpus Christi plans healing service Aglow welcomes speaker from Topeka First Presbyterian plans picnic First Southern Baptist offers Bible ‘Odyssey’
Bush to throw first pitch
June 8, 2001
Latest prices reported by AAA
June 8, 2001
The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in Kansas on Thursday, one month ago and one year ago according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Showdown expected at Preakness
Derby winner Monarchos, Preakness champ Point Given ready to run in New York
June 8, 2001
The showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness winner Point Given is what’s expected in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Briefly
June 8, 2001
History: Beer gives memorial boost The Hobbs Park Memorial will honor Civil War-era abolitionist and newspaper publisher John Speer in August. In the meantime, he’s being honored with beer. Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass., is introducing its newest concoction this week: “Speer’s Defiant Ale.” The brew, being drawn by David Leff, left, is designed to honor Speer, who helped rebuild Lawrence after William Clarke Quantrill’s devastating 1863 raid. The beer also is intended to raise awareness of the Hobbs Park Memorial project, still under way. “We had a beer that we needed a name for and the people with the (Hobbs Park) project approached us with this idea,” said Steve Bradt, head brewer. “They were hoping the beer would further promote the project.” One of the brewery’s most popular beers is the “John Brown Ale,” named after another Civil War-era activist. “With our name, there is certainly a Free State tie-in,” Bradt said. “It’s a way to commemorate and honor Free State notables.” To help with the Hobbs Park project, contact the Hobbs Park Memorial Fund by phone at (785) 749-7394 or by mail at P.O. Box 1564, Lawrence, KS 66044. __________________________ Animal cruelty: Memorial demonstration planned for ‘Mama Cat’ A memorial and demonstration planned Saturday at South Park will focus on animal cruelty and the killing earlier this year of a cat at a Lawrence apartment complex. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. by the gazebo and will be led by the Rev. Sherry Schultz of Unity Church of Lawrence, 416 Lincoln St. After the service the group will carry signs and walk to Ninth and Massachusetts streets. There they will pass out literature about animal cruelty. Representatives from the Lawrence Humane Society and others will be available to discuss animal cruelty and its connections to human violence. They will be available until 1 p.m. A man wearing a cat suit also will be present. Among those organizing the event are members of the Circle of Compassion Initiative, an animal-rights group founded by Judy Carman, Lawrence. The event was spurred by the January killing of “Mama Cat,” a stray taken in by maintenance workers at an apartment complex. Brett Rizzo, 23, Lawrence, is to go on trial Wednesday in Douglas County District Court for misdemeanor cruelty to animals. __________________________ Ecology: State considers quarantine on wild loosestrife plant An invasive plant is popping up in the same vicinity where red imported fire ants were reported. Lisa Taylor, spokesperson for Kansas State Agricultural Department, said property owners have reported purple loosestrife in the drainage ditch off 24th Street and Inverness Drive. She said state officials have been watching the plant, which only infests about 25 acres in the state. However, Taylor said, it’s probable the wild loosestrife found in Lawrence can produce a number of seeds that could float down the pipes to the Baker Wetlands. Once established, she said, the plants are capable of taking over native vegetation. Taylor said the state is considering proposing a quarantine to keep the plant with purple plumes out of the state and prevent greenhouses from selling it. An informational meeting probably will be held soon, she said. __________________________ Gasoline prices: Pump patrol at work The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as: $1.49.9 a gallon at Ampride at 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name of the business, the address and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board with your gas price information.
6Sports report: Fourball swings into match play
June 8, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the first day of match play at the KGA Fourball tournament at Alvamar Golf Course. KU’s Andy Stewart and Chris Marshall needed overtime to win their match.
Kournikova pulls out of event in England
June 8, 2001
Anna Kournikova has pulled out of next week’s DFS Classic in Birmingham, a grass-court warmup for Wimbledon.
Hero wanted
June 8, 2001
Kansan’s killer gets 25-to-life
June 8, 2001
A Brooklyn man convicted of killing an aspiring social worker during a robbery that netted him $8 was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison after a hearing at which the victim’s parents read testimonials about her and he cried while his mother asked the judge for mercy.
Garage celebrates progress
June 8, 2001
By Matt Merkel-Hess The new downtown parking garage played host to a party Thursday complete with a band, food and plenty of concrete. The party was put on by CSR Quinn, a Marshall, Mo., company that supplied pre-cast concrete parts for the garage, Mar Lan Construction LLC, which built the garage, and 9-10 LC, developer of Downtown 2000. The garage is part of the downtown redevelopment project.
Politics won’t lower gas prices
June 8, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services Most people don’t have a clue about what it takes, or what it costs, to get fuel from its source to our homes and vehicles. Ignorance has not, and will not, however, deter politicians from attempting to “fix” the latest round of price increases to garner votes for themselves and demonize the fuel industry.
White Sox prospect stifles KC
Buehrle limits Royals to two hits in eight innings
June 8, 2001
In his first full season as a major league starter, Mark Buehrle is baffling hitters and surprising himself. The 22-year-old left-hander extended his scoreless streak to 242/3 innings Thursday in leading the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 5-1.
BMW’s Web films blend art, marketing
June 8, 2001
Clive Owen is cruising the Web in style these days as the coolest of hired drivers in a series of short Internet films bankrolled by luxury-car maker BMW. Owen gets to play protector to some worthy passengers, including a Tibetan boy threatened by a villain and a wounded photographer trying to smuggle inflammatory pictures out of a war zone.
KU recruits rolling
Ward, Krsnich win pair of Fourball matches
June 8, 2001
By Andy Samuelson Even after winning during the first two rounds of match play at the Kansas Golf Assn.’s Fourball Championship on Thursday at Alvamar, Pete Krsnich and Kevin Ward weren’t done playing. That’s because they had to settle a bet.
Brown pondering retirement
June 8, 2001
Larry Brown isn’t sure if he’s coming back to coach the Philadelphia 76ers next season. More turmoil for the Sixers? What else is new for basketball’s version of “The Young and the Restless?”
Omaha like Utopia
Eight CWS teams thrilled still to be playing
June 8, 2001
For the eight teams in the College World Series, Omaha is paradise.
People
June 8, 2001
Fiorentino’s failed film ‘Peanuts’ creator honored ‘Basic Instinct II’ ends up in court Bono urges debt relief
Sutherland stars in ‘Big Heist’
June 8, 2001
Donald Sutherland and John Heard star in “The Big Heist” (8 p.m. Sunday, A&E), a true-crime drama re-creating the infamous Lufthansa heist of 1978. Sutherland sports an unruly hairdo and speaks in a slight brogue as the Irish-American gangster Jimmy “The Gent” Burke. Upon returning from six years in federal prison, Jimmy discovers that his ragtag gang has run up quite a tab with the Gambino mob family.
Stocks fall on warning, computer glitch
June 8, 2001
An earnings warning from Juniper Networks sent stocks tumbling Friday in a selloff exacerbated by computer problems that shuttered the New York Stock Exchange for much of the morning. NYSE trading resumed at 11:35 a.m. for most stocks, though some companies did not start trading until early afternoon.
Andrea Bulat: 6Sports athlete of the week
June 8, 2001
Kansas University junior Andrea Bulat placed second in the javelin at the recent NCAA Championship meet. Here, the Canadian reflects on her accomplishments and looks to the future.
6Sports report: Kansas trounces Missouri in high school football challenge
June 8, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the High School Metro Classic All-Star Football Challenge game Thursday in Olathe. The Kansas squad crushed Missouri 34-7.
UNI’s Brunner wins home run challenge
June 8, 2001
Northern Iowa’s Ryan Brunner hit 10 homers in the final round to win the 2001 home run challenge at the College World Series on Thursday night.
FTC delays PepsiCo-Quaker merger
June 8, 2001
Continuing discussions with the Federal Trade Commission will keep PepsiCo Inc. and Quaker Oats Co. from completing their merger by the end of the month, as they had planned.
Sharp seeks Indy redemption in Texas
June 8, 2001
Scott Sharp can’t get over his mistake at Indianapolis, where from the pole he crashed in the first turn of the first lap.
Robinson keeping eye on skies
Rain would end hopes of becoming first woman to start Cup event since 1989
June 8, 2001
No one will be watching the weather more than Shawna Robinson will be this weekend.
Gordon back in hunt
Aging ‘Kid’ relishes latest run at Cup championship
June 8, 2001
When Jeff Gordon won for the first time this year, he climbed out of the car, turned to his crew and emphatically shouted, “We’re back!”
No. 1 Kuerten to face Ferrero again in semis
June 8, 2001
For those who missed last year’s dramatic French Open semifinal, this year offers a repeat. No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten is back and so is the Spaniard who nearly toppled him last year.
Capriati crushes Hingis in straight sets
Fourth-seeded American to face 12th-seeded Clijsters in Saturday’s finals
June 8, 2001
A triumphant Jennifer Capriati pumped her fist, bowed to the crowd and blew a kiss to her family. Then, as steady rain began to fall, she grabbed her tennis bag and jogged off the court, her radiant grin a welcome contrast to the gloomy weather.
Bonds homers in third straight
June 8, 2001
Barry Bonds hit his 32nd homer of the season Thursday, a 451-foot drive that was the longest ever at Pacific Bell Park.
Glass places eighth
June 8, 2001
Bob Glass of Lawrence placed eighth in the PBA-Northwest Senior Classic Thursday. Glass had a 24-game match play record of 12-12 and a 42-game pinfall total of 9,574. He earned $2,000.
Ichelson signs with UMKC
June 8, 2001
Former Free State High student Chris Ichelson has signed a letter of intent to play golf for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ichelson played for Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., this season after transferring from Free State. He also attended Blue Valley North for one year.
Thomas’ items unsold
June 8, 2001
Many of Derrick Thomas’ more expensive belongings that were put up for sale two months ago and were expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for his estate remain unsold. Thomas, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died last year of complications after being injured in a traffic accident that left him partially paralyzed.
Judge won’t block WWII memorial
June 8, 2001
A federal judge rejected attempts Thursday to block construction contracts for a World War II memorial on the National Mall, raising the likelihood that work on the controversial project could begin as early as next month.
Right-leaning political group auctioning Hillary Clinton’s college thesis online
June 8, 2001
A copy of what’s billed as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s college thesis turned up mysteriously for sale this week on an auction Web site. Political USA, a right-leaning organization selling the 1969 thesis about radical activist Saul Alinsky, said it obtained the paper from the campaign of former Rep. Rick Lazio, Clinton’s November opponent.
Bush asks for release delay of Reagan aides’ papers
June 8, 2001
The Bush administration is holding up the release of 68,000 pages of Ronald Reagan’s White House records so lawyers can first review the confidential memos and briefing papers that could offer a glimpse into national policy-making during the 1980s.
World Briefs
June 8, 2001
Argentina: Ex-president arrested in arms smuggling case Belgium: Nuns found guilty of war crimes France: Spelunker rescued after 5 days underground
Defendant found guilty in Wendy’s robbery try
June 8, 2001
By Mike Belt A Douglas County jury de-liberated about 90 minutes Wednesday before finding Duwone Flowers guilty of attempting to rob a Lawrence restaurant. Flowers, 30, Lawrence, also was found guilty of aggravated burglary. He was found innocent of a kidnapping charge.
CIA director tries to bolster Mideast cease-fire
June 8, 2001
CIA chief George Tenet worked Thursday to restart Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation and strengthen a cease-fire that both sides warned could collapse at any moment as violence continued to flare in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Fugitive waives extradition
June 8, 2001
By Mike Belt A man charged last year in a shooting that left another man paralyzed has waived extradition in Omaha, Neb. John McGautha, 18, Law-rence, will be brought back to Douglas County as soon as Douglas County Sheriff’s officers are able to go get him, Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said Thursday.
NATO wary of U.S. missile defense
June 8, 2001
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told skeptical NATO allies Thursday that the United States would soon start to build a system of “layered defenses” involving ground, sea and space-based weapons to cope with a growing threat of ballistic missiles in the hands of unpredictable foes.
Open records, meetings laws explained at seminar
June 8, 2001
By Matt Merkel-Hess The importance of open and accessible meetings was stressed Thursday night at a seminar on so-called “sunshine laws” in Kansas. About two dozen area elected officials and public employees attended the seminar, sponsored by the Kansas Press Assn. The Journal-World played host to the seminar, conducted at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Owners of weedy lawns getting whacked with tickets
Lawn growth above 12 inches prohibited by law
June 8, 2001
By Stephanie Paterik Hundreds of Lawrence residents who fail to keep a well-manicured lawn are getting more than glares from neighbors. They are being served legal notices from the city’s environmental inspectors and given 10 days to find a weed trimmer or lawn mower. “It comes on very, very strong in May; people call in literally hundreds of complaints,” said Environmental Inspector Dan Johnson.
Famous faces to toast author
June 8, 2001
By Terry Rombeck The guest list for Langston Hughes’ 100th birthday party includes some big names. Actor Danny Glover, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky will be among those in Lawrence this winter to honor the poet during a symposium sponsored by Kansas University.
On the record
June 8, 2001
Cattle disappearance a mystery
June 8, 2001
By Mike Belt Merle Newland has been raising cattle for 30 years on his farm in southeast Douglas County. Sometime in the past few days, he became a victim of cattle thieves. “I’ve had other things happen, but this is the first time any cows have been stolen,” Newland said Thursday.
Herbert Horton
June 8, 2001
Ottawa ‘skunk’ event more fun than it sounds
June 8, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Ottawa is going to create a stink this weekend. Named for a creek that runs through the heart of Ottawa, Skunk Run Days is a two-day, citywide arts and music festival. No, there won’t be any real skunks at Ottawa City Park, Fifth and Main streets, but a 6-foot tall skunk will be walking around Saturday and Sunday.
New twist on Ali-Frazier
June 8, 2001
The months of taunting are over. Madame Butterfly and Sister Smoke are set to go.
Capriati reaches French final
June 8, 2001
Jennifer Capriati, above, defeated Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 Thursday in the French Open semifinals.
Most couples need time together and apart
June 8, 2001
Do you think it is healthy for a husband and wife to work together and to be in each other’s company 24 hours a day? That sometimes works out fine. It depends on the individual couple. I can tell you, however, what is typical.
Covenant authors boast success in K.C. area
June 8, 2001
By Jim Baker Lawrence pastors who support creating a “Community Marriage Covenant” for the city modeled the proposed policy after a similar one signed by pastors in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in 1996.
4 schoolchildren killed, dozens injured in stabbings
June 8, 2001
A man armed with a knife forced his way into an elementary school in western Japan today and stabbed at least 29 people, killing four children, fire officials said. Most of the victims were first- or second-grade students.
Jobless claims jump to highest point since ‘92
June 8, 2001
New claims for state unemployment insurance shot up last week to the highest level in nearly nine years, suggesting that workers are having trouble holding onto their jobs in the slumping economy.
Bristol-Myers buys drug business
June 8, 2001
Chemical giant DuPont Co. will sell its pharmaceuticals business to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. for $7.8 billion in cash, freeing up money to repay debt, invest in new opportunities and buy back its own stock.
Retailers report disappointing sales
Economy, energy prices blamed for results
June 8, 2001
After experiencing a brief recovery in April, most of the nation’s largest retailers slipped back in May, hurt by a choppy economy and rising energy prices. Some discount retailers and a few apparel stores such as Talbots Inc., posted decent results Thursday. Still, many other merchants most notably department stores as well as apparel chains like Gap Inc. languished amid a weakening consumer spending.
Daily Ticker
June 8, 2001
Placebo effect fools no one
June 8, 2001
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe Not long ago, an unconventional entrepreneur tried to sell placebos over the Internet. That in itself is not so unusual except that he actually labeled them “Placebos.” To the best of my knowledge the poor guy never sold more than a dozen bottles. After all, the trick to a placebo is in the trickery. It sells belief in a bottle, hope in a sugar pill.
Memory preserved
June 8, 2001
KU shuns state
June 8, 2001
Political influence
June 8, 2001
Keep pool public
June 8, 2001
So far, so good on weapons strategy
June 8, 2001
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group Dear Mr. President: Way to go, sir. That is, up to a point, sir. You have dropped a few hints in public about your unorthodox thinking on nuclear weapons and the elaborate Cold War theology that still surrounds them. That has helped ignite a new strategic debate here and abroad about nuclear deterrence. As I say, way to go.
Moving ahead
June 8, 2001
Journal-World Editorial A study that will begin this month is an important first step toward the state’s goal of bringing more efficiency to its higher education system. The Kansas Board of Regents commissioned a study this week that is expected to set the stage for the coordination part of the Higher Education Coordination Act of 1999. The regents hope the $125,000 study funded by the Kansas Health Foundation will help guide them on possible mergers and affiliations among the universities, community colleges and vocational-technical schools they oversee.
Work to start shortly on Topeka historic site
Monroe School to house center honoring civil rights movement
June 8, 2001
The National Park Service expects to begin work next week on converting a former all-black elementary school into a historic site about the civil rights movement. Plans are for the former Monroe School in central Topeka to house a visitors center and administrative offices of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Graves’ second-in-command mulling gubernatorial run
Lieutenant governor says he’ll announce by first week of July whether he’ll be in 2002 race
June 8, 2001
Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer plans to announce within a month whether he’ll run for governor next year. Sherrer, a Republican, said Thursday that he hopes to make his decision and disclose it publicly by the end of this month. He said he’ll wait until the first week of July at the latest.
Family settles suit for raid gone bad
June 8, 2001
The family of a man who was shot to death in a botched police raid have reached a $3.5 million settlement with three Kansas counties. Willie Heard’s widow, three children and three grandchildren will receive $2.4 million, after legal fees and expenses from Miami, Osawatomie and Paola counties, which did not admit wrongdoing in the case.
Innocent plea entered in lab explosion death
June 8, 2001
An innocent plea was entered Wednesday for a man accused in a methamphetamine lab explosion that killed an associate. Roy L. Skinner, 43, of rural Alden, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Patrick “Kelly” Donley, 40, of Turon. Donley was killed in an alleged meth-lab explosion on Aug. 28, 2000.
KCC turns eye to restructuring
June 8, 2001
A hearing on the company’s request for $150 million in rate increases is over, but state regulators aren’t done with Western Resources Inc. The Kansas Corporation Commission is investigating Western’s plans for a corporate restructuring and separating its utility operations from its unregulated business activities.
U.S., Chinese agree on spy plane’s return
June 8, 2001
It will be several more weeks before the United States gets back the Navy spy plane that landed in China and became the center of a chill in U.S.-Chinese relations. The two governments announced agreement Thursday on a plan to disassemble the plane for shipment to the United States aboard Russian-made chartered private aircraft.
Airlines present evidence of service improvements
June 8, 2001
A toll-free number to check on lost baggage. Help for passengers forced to stay overnight because of canceled flights. New efforts to reduce the number of regularly delayed or canceled flights. Just three ways the industry is trying to improve customer service, airline executives said Thursday.
National briefs
June 8, 2001
Iowa: No Powerball jackpot winner WASHINGTON, D.C.: Wal-Mart pay $1 million in environmental fines Washington: Teen killed family after voyeur punishment New Jersey: Court overturns death sentence
Brief fight over for Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto
June 8, 2001
After almost two months at the negotiating table, the workers who play characters such as Mickey Mouse and Cinderella at Walt Disney World have won an important concession: clean undergarments.
MTV picks year’s best on film
Gladiator’ named top movie; ‘M:I2,’ ‘Crouching Tiger’ also honored
June 8, 2001
“Gladiator” was named best movie and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” got the “best fight” honor at the irreverent 2001 MTV Movie Awards. The Chinese martial arts epic got the nod in Thursday night’s broadcast for a scene in which the young heroine, played by Zhang Ziyi, bashes an entire bar full of tough guys. “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Charlie’s Angels” received two awards each.
Kansas stars rout Missouri
June 8, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High’s Damon Benitez and Free State High’s Craig Brewer could get used to having Olathe North tailback Darren Sproles as a teammate. During the past two high school seasons, Benitez and Brewer, both defenders, watched Sproles rack up yardage and touchdowns against their own defenses. On Thursday night at the All-Star Football Challenge Game at Olathe District Activities Center, Missouri prepsters had two worry about Sproles.
Tonganoxie determined to celebrate
June 8, 2001
By Stephanie Paterik Storms are expected to clear out as the 16th Annual Tonganoxie Days fair rolls in today, but the town will celebrate rain or shine. And that’s no bluff. Residents held the festival last year in the wake of a devastating tornado that left Leavenworth County a state disaster area. “If it does rain, we’ll just go ahead,” said Connie Torneden, event chair.
Mass extinctions linked to hunting, human behavior
June 8, 2001
Mass extinctions of large animals in Australia and North America thousands of years before the advent of industrialized societies may be linked to overhunting or environmental destruction by expanding human populations, according to two independent studies to be published today in the journal Science.
Spinal injections linked to meningitis outbreak
June 8, 2001
Cortisone injections contaminated with a strain of noncontagious meningitis bacteria killed at least one man and infected three others, Contra Costa County health investigators said.