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Kansas bags number four in the Midwest
March 11, 2001
(Updated Sunday at 5:57 p.m.) Kansas has landed the number four seed in the Midwest bracket, and will be travelling to Dayton, Ohio to face Cal State Northridge. The Jayhawks will play on Friday, March 16. The other side of their bracket matches Hawaii and Syracuse. The winners of those two games face off on Sunday. The top seed in the Jayhawks’ bracket is Illinois.
Roman epics
Gladiator’ revives interest in epic warrior stories
March 11, 2001
Decline and fall? In Hollywood, the Roman Empire is on the march again. The success of “Gladiator” nominated for 12 Oscars is bringing other old “sword-and-sandal epics” back to life.
Tonganoxie residents to replace damaged trees
March 11, 2001
By Amber Stuever Giant oaks that for decades shaded yards and full elms that loomed outside home windows were suddenly split, ripped and destroyed by a May 2000 tornado that tore through Tonganoxie.
Storm season on horizon
Preparations now mean readiness when severe weather strikes
March 11, 2001
By Kevin Bates Even though the largest number of tornadoes strikes Kansas in May, weather forecasters say it’s never too soon to prepare for severe weather. “Once March rolls around, things can really get going in a hurry,” said Scott Whitmore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Troops killed in plane crash mourned
March 11, 2001
Master Sgt. Michael Lane, in his tuxedo, beamed from his wedding portrait. Tech Sgt. Edwin Richardson’s name glistened on a trophy won by a baseball team he once coached. Golf clubs, a purple teddy bear, a Harley Davidson beer mug and a yellow firefighter’s helmet also were displayed Saturday at a memorial service for 18 Virginia National Guard airmen who died March 3 in a military plane crash in Georgia.
Ex-Rangers berate beret plan
March 11, 2001
About 200 protesters gathered Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial to demonstrate against Army plans to issue black berets to all its soldiers an honor that had been reserved exclusively for the elite Rangers for more than two decades.
House members play nice at civility retreat
March 11, 2001
If a group of politicians can’t be civil to each other at a quiet mountain retreat like The Greenbrier, is there any hope? Outnumbered Democrats say the jury is out.
TWA chief asks judge
March 11, 2001
The CEO of Trans World Airlines told a federal bankruptcy court Saturday that he will be forced to liquidate his carrier if a sale for most of its assets to AMR Corp.’s American Airlines is not approved.
McVeigh won’t allow autopsy after execution
March 11, 2001
As per his request, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh will not undergo an autopsy after his scheduled execution on May 16. McVeigh and his attorneys reached an agreement with federal officials Friday that prevents medical examiners from performing a post-mortem surgical procedure on the convicted mass killer.
Cop’s gun tests student
March 11, 2001
For years, Kennett Square Police Chief Albert McCarthy had taught Corey Medina and his classmates to stay away from guns. But he never dreamed he’d be the one to put Medina to the test. Now, the 12-year-old sixth-grader is a hero at his school because he did exactly what he was taught to do.
Charlotte stuns Cincinnati
March 11, 2001
For years, Cincinnati has muscled opponents in Conference USA. The Bearcats were a far tamer team Saturday, and it cost them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. KenKay Jones matched a career-high with 18 points and Charlotte outrebounded Cincinnati 45-29 in an 80-72 win in the Conference USA championship.
Top 25 men
Indiana stops No. 4 Illini
March 11, 2001
When Mike Davis took over back in September, no one expected Indiana to contend for a Big Ten title. The fallout from Bob Knight’s firing was just too messy, too public to overcome in one season. There were so many distractions, there was no way Indiana could excel.
National briefs
March 11, 2001
Treasury official investigated after new cash is missing Jury OKs death penalty for murder conviction Cuban ordered to pay for sham marriage to spy
Shuttle links with space station
March 11, 2001
Space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts arrived at the international space station on Saturday and, after handshakes, bear hugs and somersaults, quickly began the crucial exchange of crews.
NHL Roudup
Dallas dumps Avs, 3-2
March 11, 2001
Dallas defenseman Brad Lukowich didn’t want to waste his rare scoring chance to give the Stars a victory. Lukowich buried the opportunity with a back-hander from the slot with 3:13 left in overtime as the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, on Saturday.
NBA Roundup
Nets caught up in celebration
March 11, 2001
At 20 games below .500, the New Jersey Nets should have known better than to take any team for granted. Saturday night, they took the Washington Wizards for granted. Now they’re 21 below. One night after beating the New York Knicks, the Nets blew a 14-point first-half lead and allowed the Wizards to break a six-game home losing streak with a 107-101 victory.
Tigers trip Jayhawks
March 11, 2001
Jon Williams hit a single, a double and a home run on Saturday to lead Missouri’s baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Kansas at Taylor Stadium. The Jayhawks (8-8, 2-6 Big 12), who had beaten the Tigers a day earlier in Lawrence, took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning on Jason Appuhn’s solo home run. But Williams answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning.
TOP 25 Women’s Basketball
Stiles explodes for 47 points
March 11, 2001
Jackie Stiles scored 21 of her 47 points consecutively, leading No. 16 Southwest Missouri State to an 84-69 victory Saturday over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game.
Sooners relish underdog role
Oklahoma boasts it wins because it ‘plays harder’ than opponents
March 11, 2001
By Chuck Woodling In case you hadn’t noticed, not a single member of Oklahoma University’s men’s basketball team earned All-Big 12 honors. Not first team. Not second team. Not third team. “We don’t have any McDonald’s All-Americans,” said OU’s Nolan Johnson, an all-league honorable mention pick, “so we have to play harder than our opponents every game.”
Group begging to be taxed
March 11, 2001
By Scott Rothschild A group with no name, no money and few connections is trying to light a fire under Gov. Bill Graves and the Legislature to do what it says is the right thing: Increase taxes for public education.
Gregory gasp fouls out
Senior sits out final five minutes of loss, laments Jayhawks’ ‘selfishness’
March 11, 2001
By Kelly Rathbun Kansas University’s loss to Oklahoma on Saturday was surprising. Perhaps even more shocking was seeing KU senior Kenny Gregory sit on the bench for the final five minutes of KU’s 62-57 loss at Kemper Arena.
Knight has lost touch with reality
Suing Indiana for emotional distress is the height of hypocrisy
March 11, 2001
Add hypocrite to the list of terms that can be used to describe Bob Knight, the livid legend who, in his bitter and pathetic dotage, has gone from obscene loose cannon to raving lunatic. If you don’t think Knight has lost touch with reality, consider his latest outburst.
Parnevik retains Honda lead
Calcavecchia three shots back; Janzen shoots 64
March 11, 2001
Heron Bay’s best defender took the day off Saturday. Jesper Parnevik, along with the rest of the field, took advantage. On a rare, windless day when the flags didn’t sway unless they were being taken out of the holes, the only significant movement at the Honda Classic was on the leaderboard.
Knight: Coaching at Tech would be ‘really exciting’
March 11, 2001
Texas Tech is ready for the Bob Knight era to begin. So, it appears, is Knight. A day after Texas Tech coach James Dickey was fired, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, quoting a source close to Knight, said the deposed Indiana coach’s feelings toward the Texas Tech job were “an absolute certainty.”
Cyclones clip Oklahoma for championship, 68-65
March 11, 2001
Megan Taylor hit six three-pointers and scored 28 points Saturday night as No. 13 Iowa State beat No. 7 Oklahoma, 68-65, for its second straight Big 12 Conference tournament title. Center Angie Welle, the tournament MVP, hit a critical late free throw and added 13 points for the third-seeded Cyclones (25-5).
Texas earns spot in title game with 76-62 win over Baylor
March 11, 2001
Facing surprising Baylor in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament, Texas was smart enough to train its defense on the man who had scored 55 points in two days. Holding DeMarcus Minor to just 12 points, the No. 20 Longhorns rolled to a 76-62 victory Saturday and reached the Big 12 title game for the first time in school history.
Musical delights in whimsical subjects
March 11, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Robert Fulghum is a writer who has made millions of dollars by writing about life’s simple pleasures. And with countless readers responding to his musings on the profundities of everyday life, it seemed only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to cash in, I mean, repackage the stories so more money could be made and a wider audience reached.
Comedy offers ‘Spirit’ed romp
March 11, 2001
By Jan Biles The subconscious is a funny thing particularly when it’s paired with the cleverness of Noel Coward. “Blithe Spirit,” a three-hour play about the mysteries of love and death, opened Friday night in Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
Student response
March 11, 2001
Finding true happiness can be the pits
March 11, 2001
Can a night spent naked in a pit in South Dakota change your life? I’m not here to judge. I’m only relating what I read in Natural Health (March, $4.95).
Safety steps
March 11, 2001
Tax complaint
March 11, 2001
Disappointing cuts
March 11, 2001
Photo show calls for entries
March 11, 2001
The Lawrence Photo Alliance is issuing a call for entries for its Kansas/KC Camera 2001 show.
Sense for seniors
March 11, 2001
Tornado safety tips
March 11, 2001
Before the storm: Develop a plan for you and your family for home, work, school and when outdoors. Have frequent drills. Know the county in which you live, because severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
Finding long-term care in Lawrence
March 11, 2001
Several retirement communities offer assisted-living or more intensive care for seniors. Among them: Brandon Woods Retirement Community, 1501 Inverness Drive, 838-8000. Assisted-living: 20 one-person suites, 11 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Finding the luck o’ the Irish
Cities break out the green for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
March 11, 2001
In cities across the United States, the “Wearing O’ The Green” is also a time for the spending o’ the green. And that has tourism promoters singing hymns of praise to St. Patrick.
Building security
Policies covering elderly care gain popularity
March 11, 2001
By Mark Fagan Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community is investing more than $7 million in its belief that Lawrence will continue to attract a growing number of elderly residents. And one of its top executives knows those same people will be looking for ways to keep up with costs for ongoing care.
Dennis the Menace turns 50
Original cartoonist still oversees comic’s production
March 11, 2001
A little freckle-faced boy leans out from the back seat of a vintage car and taunts a policeman as his parents wait apprehensively for the traffic ticket. The caption reads: “You didn’t catch us! We ran outa gas!”
Sooners send KU home - Oklahoma 62, Kansas 57
Three-pointers by Newton doom Kansas
March 11, 2001
By Gary Bedore A local boy made good very good on Saturday at Kemper Arena. Kelley Newton, a former Kansas City Wyandotte High shooting guard who was not recruited by his beloved Kansas University, swished a pair of threes in the final six minutes, sparking Oklahoma to a 62-57 Big 12 tournament semifinal victory over Kansas.
Camerata Sweden jumps in when act cancels
March 11, 2001
When musicians cancel their tour, it often leaves venues scrambling to fill the vacancy. Lucky for chamber music fans that the Lied Center knew whom to call when the booking management company for the Berlin Chamber Orchestra called in mid-January to say the ensemble would not being coming to the United States after all.
Vermeer’s works assembled for grand exhibit
March 11, 2001
Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch painter famous for his quiet domestic scenes, careful composition and exquisite sense of light and shadow, produced only 34 paintings in his lifetime. Each sold for the equivalent of a year’s pay for the middle-class patrons then of his work.
Lynch writes of life and death
March 11, 2001
Excerpts from essays in author Thomas Lynch’s latest publication, “Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality”.
Mortician makes easy shift into other career as poet, essayist
March 11, 2001
Thomas Lynch stands in the coffin room, calmly explaining the tools of his trade. Mahogany with sleek and curved lids. Plain, rectangular, wooden. “There’s simple maple, there’s simple pine, there’s a simple cardboard box,” he says, pointing to the caskets that fill the chilly, bright room.
Emerald Isle holds tour allure
March 11, 2001
By Calder Pickett “And watch the sun go down on Galway Bay” … “My wild Irish rose, the sweetest flower that grows” … “Rose of Tralee” … “Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling” …
KU MU BOX
March 11, 2001
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March 11, 2001
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Arts notes
March 11, 2001
Workshop offered for novice writers Pet portraits picked for dog show Shimomura exhibit on display in Idaho Bridge players to compete in KC
KEHDE COLUMN
March 11, 2001
Larry Blevins’ winter crappie quest finally commenced on Feb. 19-20 at Clinton Lake. Except for a couple of January excursions to the tepid waters of La Cygne Lake, the tempestuous winter kept Blevins cloistered in his Wyandotte County home for more than two months.
Japan P.M. sets plan to resign
March 11, 2001
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori who is often vilified as a symbol of Japan’s pork barrel politics and economic inertia, has indicated to party elders that he would resign, possibly next month.
Balkan talks break down
NATO trying to broker Kosovo cease-fire
March 11, 2001
Talks on a proposed cease-fire between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas in southern Serbia’s Presevo Valley broke off with no apparent progress Saturday. Difficulties in the cease-fire talks delayed plans for Yugoslav troops to begin entering part of a buffer zone today between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia adjacent to the Macedonian border, Yugoslav authorities said.
Long, winding road leads to ‘family’
37 years behind the wheel teaches bus driver that ‘kids are always going to be kids’
March 11, 2001
By Bill Snead Shirley Harrell stops her school bus at the top of an ice-covered hill on North 900 Road in southwest Douglas County. From where she sits, the road looks like a ski jump on gravel.
Grateful author
March 11, 2001
Diavolo mixes dance, performance art
March 11, 2001
Diavolo Dance Theatre believes in taking chances. Part dance, part performance art, part athleticism and entirely original, the 11-member company explores contemporary life by navigating oversized, surrealistic everyday objects, such as doors, chairs and stairways.
KU festival celebrating Czech culture kicks off this month
March 11, 2001
Although the Iron Curtain fell more than 11 years ago, many people know little about the lands, people and culture it cloaked. A festival of events this spring at Kansas University will present evidence in visual arts, drama and film of the Czech nation’s place at the heart of European culture.
Tax spending isn’t always a waste
March 11, 2001
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate Until President Bush and his GOP colleagues in Congress repeatedly beat it into my head, I had never realized just how much I deserved a major tax cut. “It’s your money,” Bush said a couple of thousand times during the campaign.
Education direction
March 11, 2001
Journal-World Editorial Many state leaders agree that changes and perhaps increases in public school funding are needed. A proposed study may help them see where the money should go. It’s a cinch that Kansas doesn’t need another study to sit on a shelf. That being said, a study aimed at helping the state set a strategy for funding public schools could be a worthwhile effort.
KU alum tries to make it in opera world
March 11, 2001
By Jan Biles Lillian Sengpiehl wants nothing more than to sing for her supper, to make a living performing arias in the major opera houses around the world. And she’s on her way.
Choreographers display impressive maturity
March 11, 2001
By Jan Biles One of the joys of living in one place for a while is being able to see artists test new waters and grow. The Prairie Wind Dancers’ “New Works Concert 2001” Friday night at the Lawrence Arts Center was a fine example of a group of choreographers who are continuing to investigate their creativity.
It’s a Roth IRA owner’s privilege to change his or her mind
March 11, 2001
How different things were a year ago. All the major stock indexes were soaring, adding to the wonderful gains of 1999. Then, as you know, things went to pieces. Stocks plummeted.
Going to seed
Gardeners get a jump on spring
March 11, 2001
By Carol Boncella Now is the time to get a jump-start on the growing season by starting seeds indoors. It is relatively easy, fun and makes the wait for warm weather more bearable for gardeners itching to get their hands into the soil.
Former AD joins fray over program cuts
March 11, 2001
By Amber Stuever Protests of the demise of Kansas University men’s swimming and tennis teams landed on the porch of Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s home Saturday. And a former Kansas University athletics director joined in, calling the decision to cut the programs “inexcusable.”
Spy tunnel information scant
FBI eavesdropping was likely compromised by spy suspect
March 11, 2001
FBI officials were so proud of a secret tunnel the agency built beneath the Soviet Embassy for electronic surveillance during the final years of the Cold War that they offered tours of the passageway to senior officials with top security clearances, former government officials said last week.
Sophomore class one of KU’s best
March 11, 2001
By Bill Mayer Baseball legend Dizzy Dean used to say, “I might not’ve been the greatest pitcher that ever was, but I was among ‘em.” That’s how I see Kansas’s current sophomore basketball stars, the Triplets Terrific. Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden aren’t yet the finest second-year crew the Jayhawks have had. But they’re in the hunt.
Jayhawks eighth at NCAA Indoor meet
March 11, 2001
After finishing in a tie for 47th last season Kansas University’s men’s track and field team finished in eighth place at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on saturday, giving the Jayhawks their best place finish since 1989.
Who knows where Kansas will be sent?
March 11, 2001
By Chuck Woodling If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it really make a sound? In the same vein, if the NCAA didn’t release a men’s basketball tournament bracket, would anyone hear radio talk shows in early March?
Gritty mystery better than its gritty coffee
March 11, 2001
One strange thing hard-boiled mysteries often have in common: The coffee tastes bad. In Jenny Siler’s Iced” (Henry Holt, 246 pages, $24), the heroine, Meg Gardner, drinks coffee that is “strong and bitter, the dregs of a pot that undoubtedly had been cooking away since that morning.
The best of the best
March 11, 2001
The Chicago-based All-America Rose Selections organization has named three new varieties of rose as its AARS winners for 2001. They will be available for the first time this spring.
Out-of-staters receptive to KU recruiting
March 11, 2001
By Dave Ranney A year ago, Tiffany Burke was a senior at Plano High School in Texas. She had acceptance letters from three colleges: Texas A&M, Baylor University and Kansas University.
Royals lose pair
March 11, 2001
Brent Cookson hit two solo home runs off Kris Wilson on Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat a Kansas City Royals’ split squad 5-3. Cookson, a left fielder who played last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, homered in the first and fourth innings. Four pitchers held the Royals to one run in the last six innings.
Briefly
March 11, 2001
Band under new direction New associate principal named for Lawrence High Lawrence residents receive conservation awards Gift creates scholarship for biodiversity researchers
Arts notes
March 11, 2001
Original play selected for national festival Singing groups pair for free concert Digital media educator to talk at museum KU art students to exhibit works Clancy to perform concert of Irish tunes
Bush hopes to build on early successes
March 11, 2001
After a fusillade of criticism from Democratic leaders for the administration’s suddenly aggressive posture after weeks of friendly overtures, President George W. Bush and his aides have scaled back rhetoric as they work to convince Democratic senators to support his tax cut.
Quick fixes don’t solve violence
Schools seek long-term solutions for student problems
March 11, 2001
Monday was horrifying: the sirens, the crying teen-agers, the helicopters racing to hospitals in Santee, Calif. Two dead, 13 more injured. Shocked teachers and students and parents saying, “We never thought it could happen here.”
Newspaper’s ballot review gives election to Gore
March 11, 2001
A ballot design that confused voters into choosing two candidates cost Democrat Al Gore 6,607 votes in Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post reported today.
California city mourns school-shooting victims
March 11, 2001
An outpouring of sorrow and community support on Saturday enveloped the grieving family of a Santana High School senior who was killed this past week in the deadliest school shooting since Columbine.
Mideast seeks to rewrite violent script
March 11, 2001
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group Israelis have returned to repertory politics after an experimental production flopped. But the latest playbill featuring the tried and true at Theater Israel leaves you unsure whether to laugh or to cry.
Trends
March 11, 2001
Exploring a new venture Left-brain laughter? Samson diagnosed as antisocial
Horoscopes
March 11, 2001
Business Briefcase
March 11, 2001
- Survey: All work, no play enough to make workers sick - Workplace: Coffee becomes office perk - Motley Fool: Name that company
XFL Roundup
Maniax nip Enforcers
March 11, 2001
Jim Druckenmiller threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Daryl Hobbs with 20 seconds left Saturday night to give the Memphis Maniax a 29-23 victory over the Chicago Enforcers. The TD pass was Druckenmiller’s third of the night and capped a 413-yard passing performance by the Memphis quarterback.
Snow wore out its welcome
March 11, 2001
By George Gurley Lawrence resident who writes a regular column for the Journal-World. The Eskimos, I’ve read, have a hundred words for snow. Kansans this winter had at least as many, some unprintable.
Animals take matters
March 11, 2001
By Dave Barry Miami Herald It is a chilling question that we have all asked ourselves: What would we do if, God forbid, we had to get a squirrel out of a piano?
The Motley Fool
March 11, 2001
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Adventures in dining
Bait on plate kills appetite
March 11, 2001
By Marsha Henry Goff “What is THAT?” I asked the waitress at a Cajun restaurant as she sat a plate in front of me that contained blackened salmon, a baked potato and a humongous red insect.
Faces and places
March 11, 2001
Sick of the mud? Just go organic
March 11, 2001
By Bruce Chladny Winter snow and early spring rains have helped to ease the pain of last summer’s drought. As a result, most of our garden soil is still wet and mucky.
The Tribe
Singer-drummers get to the heart of their culture
March 11, 2001
By Jan Biles The members of The Tribe gather around a drum in a small apartment off 23rd Street. The beat is strong, the rhythm consistent, and singing harmonious. The song, written in the Ojibway language by member Wayne Silas Jr., speaks about seeing his late grandfather dancing in the sky.
Arts notes
March 11, 2001
Smoky Hill exhibit seeking entries Kansas writers sought for contest Rockhurst workshop seeking new plays Entries sought for Hutchinson art fair Johnson to show illustrated books Postcard art being shown at Columbian
People
March 11, 2001
Oh no, it’s Ono ‘Late Late Show’ fetes Montana Sajaks open cancer center Anderson intruder pleads
Boyfriend raises red flags
March 11, 2001