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Knight, Tech work on details
March 17, 2001
Formal discussions began Friday to make Bob Knight the new coach at Texas Tech. The longtime Indiana coach, fired six months ago for violating behavior policy, met with Tech’s president, chancellor and four regents.
CSN ‘too tentative’
Matadors done in by Jayhawks’ inside game
March 17, 2001
By Chuck Woodling One of Cal State Northridge’s players had promised Kansas “40 minutes of hell” on Friday night. Instead, the Matadors suffered through 41/2 minutes of hell. No doubt that stretch before halftime when Kansas outscored the Matadors 17-0 was the turning point in the Jayhawks’ 99-75 victory in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Graves warns against missing the boat on school finance
March 17, 2001
Gov. Bill Graves says he’s worried that if legislators don’t approve a large increase in spending on public schools this year, they’ll miss their opportunity to improve education.
Snyder to face mentor
Missouri coach was Blue Devil assistant
March 17, 2001
With a 51-14 career record in the NCAA tournament, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has an answer for almost any postseason situation. But the cool, calculating mastermind of one of college basketball’s best programs can’t figure this one out.
Duke-Missouri matchup pairs friends
Coaches Krzyzewski, Snyder don’t really want to face each other so soon
March 17, 2001
Nobody enjoys a good NCAA Tournament battle more than Mike Krzyzewski and he doesn’t mind the few scars left by the few he’s lost. But Friday, he looked ahead to today and said, “I won’t like tomorrow.”
Lawrence meets Manhattan
Officials travel west to discuss sales-tax funded grants
March 17, 2001
By Joel Mathis This city doesn’t give out too many tax abatements to lure businesses. It relies instead on cash. That’s what Lawrence city commissioners learned Friday during a joint meeting with their counterparts from Manhattan.
On the record
March 17, 2001
Lawrence Briefs
March 17, 2001
KU neonatal research gets financial boost Commissioners attend national planning conference Course to teach first aid to parents, care providers Sheriff’s department seeks grant for technology upgrade City moves some offices Wildlife conservation agency seeks students, teachers KDHE program seeks devices with mercury
Frozen girl making ‘miracle recovery’
March 17, 2001
A feeding tube running from her nose, 13-month-old Erika Nordby babbled and played with a microphone Friday as her mother said the toddler may not lose any fingers or toes, despite being frozen and having her heart stop for two hours
News Briefs
March 17, 2001
Texas: Couple claim Texas-sized jackpot WASHINGTON, D.C.: Conservatives complain about Jackson finances Los ANGELES: Fire-eater blazes trail on DWI defense Mississippi: Cop’s son shoots gas shop attendant MIAMI: Raw sewage spills after ship collision South Carolina: NAACP leader resigns in boycott dispute
Banjo-lover Fleck creates eclectic jazz
Grammy winner shatters stereotypes on way to top of pop music scene
March 17, 2001
Bela Fleck likely shattered notions about the banjo last month, when he took home Grammys for his work in jazz and country.
KU helped Big 12 save some face
March 17, 2001
By Chuck Woodling Well, thank you very much, Kansas. You saved the Big 12 Conference from becoming the laughingstock of the radio talk shows, although some snickering is inevitable. Oh, and while you were at it, Kansas, you also saved face for the NCAA Tournament’s No. 4 seeds.
Engagements
March 17, 2001
Town’s ‘rogue’ police face federal scrutiny
March 17, 2001
The truck driver at the Forum Diner knew all about the scandal involving the town police department. He knew that officers had been accused of arresting women on bogus charges and offering to drop the cases in return for dates. And he had heard allegations about officers stopping women drivers and shining flashlights on their breasts.
Earnhardt’s mark on season
Waltrip, Park, Harvick among early winners
March 17, 2001
It’s the kind of season Dale Earnhardt would have loved. So far his drivers, Michael Waltrip and Steve Park, own victories in the Winston Cup’s first four races, while rookie Kevin Harvick who replaced Earnhardt after the Intimidator’s death at the Daytona 500 last month won at Atlanta last week.
Family’s celebration
Young girl nearly died in last year’s parade
March 17, 2001
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s not why the Fletcher family is throwing a party. Steve and Shauna Fletcher are celebrating the life of their 4-year-old daughter, Kelly.
Southwest Kansas town a microcosm of Hispanics’ gains in state
March 17, 2001
The squat stucco building on East Pancake Boulevard is a symbol of what this southwest Kansas town used to be and what it, and the entire area, is becoming.
NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
Missouri outlasts Wisconsin
March 17, 2001
After winning its first NCAA women’s tournament game in 15 years, Missouri didn’t want to dwell on the achievement. Amanda Lassiter scored 20 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:32 remaining, and the Tigers rallied for a 71-68 victory over Wisconsin in the first round of the East Regional on Friday.
Well Being
March 17, 2001
Working while pregnant can affect blood pressure. Spinal abnormalities surprisingly common Organdonor.gov harvests the details
Disease outbreak halts Ireland’s St. Pat’s parades
March 17, 2001
To the disbelief of Dubliners and their foreign guests, fears of foot-and-mouth disease have driven St. Patrick’s Day out of Ireland. “We’re in disaster-recovery mode,” said John Cox, a tour operator coordinating visits this week by marching bands from Colorado to Delaware.
Johnson County falls just short of top spot
March 17, 2001
New census figures for Kansas confirmed what many people thought: Johnson County keeps growing and growing and growing. Would it be enough to give the burgeoning Kansas City suburban area bragging rights as the largest county in Kansas? Not quite but just you wait. For now, it’s just the fastest-growing county in the state.
Sign of the season: Softball injuries strike with first pitch
March 17, 2001
By Kim Hall Many athletes are getting into the swing of softball season. The college season officially began last week, and many amateur leagues open soon. But you don’t need to tell many doctors in town. When the number of injuries start to rise, they know the first pitches have been thrown.
Hooked on fitness?
Experts say it’s OK to suffer from workout withdrawal
March 17, 2001
By Jim Baker When a March 5 fire ravaged Total Fitness Athletic Center, the health club’s 3,100 members were left out in the cold with no place to do their regular fitness routines. And many members according to Lawrence media reports sounded genuinely crestfallen at the turn of events.
Nation Briefs
March 17, 2001
SAN DIEGO: White supremacist pleads MIchigan: Workplace shooter sought CLEVELAND: Legionnaires’ claims 2nd life MINNEAPOLIS: Husband charged with murder
Nation Briefs
March 17, 2001
CINCINNATI: State motto ruled constitutional PHILADELPHIA: ‘Antique Roadshow’ experts indicted Florida: Earnhardt autopsy photo deal reached
Nation Briefs
March 17, 2001
Pennsylvania: Sesame Street park won’t sell beer WASHINGTON, D.C.: Airline accident fatalities rise in 2000 WASHINGTON, D.C.: Bay of Pigs veterans head to Cuba conference North Carolina: Accused work shooter: left threatening notes WASHINGTON, D.C.: Zoo shooter sentenced to 25 years in prison
ROUNDUP
Canucks crushed by loss
March 17, 2001
The Vancouver Canucks lost more than a hockey game Friday night when captain and leading scorer Markus Naslund broke his right leg. He will be out for the rest of the season.
Southwest leads Missouri in growth
March 17, 2001
Southwest Missouri led the way as Missouri’s population increased by 9.3 percent during the 1990s, according to Missouri figures from the 2000 census released Thursday.
Web brings Census figures home
March 17, 2001
So much has been made about Census 2000’s message that it’s easy to overlook how it’s being delivered.
Military news
March 17, 2001
Victims’ families
March 17, 2001
The families of the pilot and five sky divers killed in a Grain Valley plane crash will receive a $27.5 million settlement, a Jackson County judge has ruled.
People
March 17, 2001
Army chief stands by black beret decision
March 17, 2001
No retreat. The Army says it will not back off from its decision to make black berets the standard headgear for soldiers, though it might postpone the June target date. The timing concerns a fuss over buying berets from China.
3 killed as Saudis retake plane
Chechen hijackers captured during raid at airport
March 17, 2001
Saudi commandos rushed up ladders and broke through the windows and doors of a Russian plane Friday, freeing more than 100 hostages and ending a hijacking by Chechen rebels. Three people a flight attendant, a hijacker and a passenger were killed.
Teen gets 2.5 years for drunken fatality
16-year-old’s lawyer asked for lesser sentence in death of Lawrence resident
March 17, 2001
A 16-year-old Shawnee boy was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the state youth center for the drunken-driving death of a Lawrence woman. Before he was sentenced Thursday, Sean M. Scott made a tearful apology to members of Felicia A. Bland’s family. He told the judge he hoped his story would deter other teens from drinking and driving.
Kathie Lee plays bad badly
March 17, 2001
After 15 years as America’s perkiest morning co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford has spread her wings to portray a drug-addled sitcom star in “Spinning Out of Control” (8 p.m., Sunday, E!). The results are not pretty.
Books speak to American girls
March 17, 2001
By David Shribman The Boston Globe Meet Valerie. She was once an American girl, and now she is sitting in her living room, talking with a father of two American girls, and she is saying something that grabs his attention.
Nation Briefs
March 17, 2001
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Drugs approved to treat glaucoma LOS ANGELES: Handyman convicted of ‘Psycho’ killings Wisconsin: Student fee outlay judged unconstitutional
Sub crew wanted time for data review
March 17, 2001
With only a few more minutes to analyze data, crewmen aboard the USS Greeneville would have probably realized a fishing trawler was dangerously close and acted to avoid a deadly collision, a sonar supervisor testified Friday.
Around and about
March 17, 2001
NCAA South Regional
Texas, Oklahoma ousted
March 17, 2001
World Briefs
March 17, 2001
Philippines: Disco owners jailed for fatal 1996 fire Senegal: Rebels OK cease-fire Netherlands: Court ends island tiff
World Briefs
March 17, 2001
Austria: OPEC likely to cut oil production France: School closed after alleged poisoning South Korea: Postal exchange crosses border
Protesters clash with Naples police
March 17, 2001
Lobbing rocks and swinging pieces of wood, thousands of protesters clashed with police who used tear gas and clubs to keep them from reaching a forum on information technology Saturday.
Five guys named ‘moe.’
moe. - Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kansas 03/16/2001
March 17, 2001
By Michael Newman moe., which played Lawrence’s Liberty Hall on Friday night is way too good a band to remain marginal for much longer. Already every bit as good as Phish ever was, moe. Appears poised to assume the mantle of preeminent hippie darlings during Phish’s hiatus.
Team Penske to make IRL debut
March 17, 2001
The Indy Racing League regulars welcomed Team Penske with open arms, then let the competitors from the rival CART series know the transition won’t be easy. Sam Hornish Jr. led the way Friday in practice for the season-opening Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by Eliseo Salazar, Stan Wattles, Eddie Cheever Jr. and defending IRL champion and race winner Buddy Lazier.
NBA ROUNDUP
Sacramento sinks Sixers
March 17, 2001
The Philadelphia 76ers have more to worry about than their 21-point loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Chris Webber scored 26 points and Peja Stojakovic had 19 as Sacramento humbled the Sixers 100-79 Friday night in a matchup of two of the league’s top three teams.
Graves, Henley
March 17, 2001
It was a case of “He said, he said” over slot machines. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley told reporters during a Friday news conference the chamber would debate a bill legalizing slot machines next week.
KU notebook: Boschee battling dehydration
March 17, 2001
By Gary Bedore Jeff Boschee’s stomachache hadn’t dissipated as of mid-afternoon Friday. “I was going to the bathroom every 10 minutes. The guys were kind of on me about it,” grinned Boschee, who scored 19 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting in Kansas’ 99-75 first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday night at Dayton Arena.
Students mourn 3 killed in wreck
March 17, 2001
Grief counselors were on hand Friday at Hocker Grove Middle School as students tried to deal with the loss of three eighth-graders killed in a traffic accident Thursday.
Governor approves of changes to water bill
March 17, 2001
Senators’ changes improved a bill that would revise water quality laws, Gov. Bill Graves says.
NCAA tourney ratings even with last year
March 17, 2001
The first day of the NCAA Tournament, loaded with stunning wins by lower seeded teams and close games, drew roughly the same TV ratings as recent years’ openers.
Judy Gillespie
March 17, 2001
Services for Judy Gillespie, 59, Albuquerque, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at French Mortuary-Westside Chapel, Albuquerque. Entombment will be at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum, Albuquerque.
NIT
Richmond hammers Hokies
March 17, 2001
Kinte Smith scored 16 of his season-high 24 points in the first half as Richmond beat West Virginia 79-56 on Friday in the first round of the NIT.
NCAA midwest regional
Charlotte ends Vols’ season
March 17, 2001
Once ranked fourth in the nation, Tennessee faltered from midseason right through a first-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.
Cardinals double up Royals
McGwire, Edmonds homer in 10-5 win
March 17, 2001
Jim Edmonds and Mark McGwire, who homered in the same game nine times last season, both connected in St. Louis’ 10-5 victory over Kansas City on Friday. “I hope we can do it about 100 more times,” Edmonds said after the Cardinals’ sixth straight win.
KU softball tourney set to begin today
March 17, 2001
The first day of Kansas’ Holiday Inn Invitational softball tournament was postponed Friday because of inclement weather.
Sosa, Cubs agree to extension
Chicago slugger adds four years, $72 million to current deal
March 17, 2001
After putting up some pretty incredible numbers the past three years, Sammy Sosa has the contract extension to match. Sosa signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Friday that extends his contract for up to four years and is worth $72 million.
Jayhawk Spring Showcase begins today
March 17, 2001
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall didn’t plan to hold a four-team invitational tournament this weekend. But one team led to another, and the Jayhawk Spring Showcase was born.
Sorenstam fires record 59
LPGA golfer opens round with eight straight birdies
March 17, 2001
Annika Sorenstam became the first player to shoot a 59 in an LPGA tournament Friday, putting on a display of precision golf that was two strokes better than any woman had ever shot.
Balkan rebels seek expanded rights
March 17, 2001
A group of ethnic Albanian guerrillas battling for control of a hillside overlooking this frightened provincial city said Friday that their sole aim is to win more economic and political rights alongside Macedonia’s Slavic majority.
Dormitory explosions kill at least 18
March 17, 2001
A series of mysterious blasts ripped through buildings in the North China city of Shijiazhuang early Friday, killing at least 18 people, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.
Corrections budget wins support
March 17, 2001
The Senate Ways and Means Committee endorsed a $109.4 million budget for the Department of Corrections Friday.
Power companies asked to justify their prices
March 17, 2001
The government told six power generating companies on Friday to justify $55 million worth of wholesale electricity sales in California in February or pay refunds. The action came a week after a similar order was issued to 13 generators who were told they may have overcharged buyers by $69 million during January.
Gambling town accused of using shady tactics
March 17, 2001
Officials in the town of Black Hawk, where gamblers spend millions of dollars every year, misspent tax money and abused their authority by blocking construction of a road to a rival gambling town, a grand jury concluded.
Bush aims to reverse Clinton’s ban on forest roads
March 17, 2001
The Bush administration on Friday proposed suspending former President Clinton’s ban on road-building and logging in a third of the nation’s federal forestland. Government lawyers made the proposal in a filing with a federal court seeking to postpone a scheduled March 30 hearing on Idaho’s request for a preliminary injunction to keep the ban from going into effect.
Astronaut mementos will burn up with Mir
March 17, 2001
When Mir plunges into the Pacific next week, more than metal will rain down in flames. Lots more. Like Shannon Lucid’s books, all 100 of them. Michael Foale’s running shoes. Andrew Thomas’ nail file. Norman Thagard’s spare uniform.
McVeigh aide’s sentence upheld
March 17, 2001
A federal appeals court Friday upheld Michael Fortier’s 12-year prison term in the Oklahoma City bombing, rejecting arguments that the judge was vindictive and improperly exceeded the sentencing guidelines.
Crew preparing for terra firma
March 17, 2001
The international space station’s returning skipper, Bill Shepherd, cannot wait to embrace his wife and his two dogs after months apart. But he is not looking forward to the physical discomfort awaiting him when he returns to Earth on Wednesday, Day 141 of his mission.
Georgia farmers bid for cash not to irrigate
March 17, 2001
With Georgia looking at its fourth straight summer of drought, the state is holding a no-irrigation auction: It is offering to pay farmers NOT to water their fields. The state has set aside $10 million from the national tobacco settlement to pay farmers in 42 counties to forgo irrigation in a region that includes cotton farms and the nation’s most fertile peanut fields.
Brazil troubled by crippled oil rig
March 17, 2001
A crippled oil rig slipped deeper into the south Atlantic on Friday, as federal petroleum giant Petrobras weighed the risks of trying to go aboard to prevent a spill of the 400,000 gallons of oil on board.
Puffy acquitted of gun charges
March 17, 2001
Rap impresario Sean “Puffy” Combs was acquitted Friday of toting an illegal handgun into a crowded Manhattan hip-hop club by a jury that believed the Grammy-winning multimillionaire’s repeated claim of innocence. He was also cleared of a bribery charge.
Producer-hostage completes story
Special includes footage of interviewer threatened during visit to prison
March 17, 2001
Maria Zone could have walked away. Her bosses at Court TV gave her permission, and no one would have been surprised if she let someone else finish her documentary on a murderous mother-and-son grifter team.
Big 12 takes beating in NCAA Tourney
March 17, 2001
And then there were two. The Big 12 Conference, which crowed about getting half its membership in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, saw four of its six representatives bounced in the opening round.
Orangemen sink Rainbows - Syracuse 79, Hawaii 69
March 17, 2001
Jim Boeheim said he’ll wait a few months to enjoy his 600th career win. Just advancing in the NCAA tournament was enough for one night. Damone Brown had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Preston Shumpert added 18 points as Boeheim reached another coaching milestone with a 79-69 victory over Hawaii on Friday night in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
KU muscles past CSN - Kansas 99, Cal State Northridge 75
Inside players prove point in victory over Matadors
March 17, 2001
By Gary Bedore No way No. 4-seeded Kansas was going to overlook No. 13-seed Cal State Northridge in a first-round NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game on Friday night. Not after the underdog Matadors provided some pre-game bulletin board material, which incited KU’s inside players.
Praeger takes heat on parity plan
Democrats criticize Lawrence leader’s switch to compromise proposal
March 17, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Democratic legislative leaders Friday criticized Sen. Sandy Praeger, a Lawrence Republican, for backing off a proposal that would require insurers to provide coverage for mental illness just as they cover any other type of malady.
School shooting suspect’s family puzzled
March 17, 2001
Their voices breaking and eyes tearing, the father and aunt of a teen accused of carrying out a deadly high school shooting said Friday that they are still struggling to understand the attack.
CURB questions utility’s private jets
Consumers react to rate hike request
March 17, 2001
By Dave Ranney A consumer advocate wants to know why Western Resources needs two jet planes and whether the company’s ratepayers are footing the bills for them. “We’d like to get a better idea about what some of the corporate executives are doing and whether these planes involve regulated or nonregulated activities,” said Walker Hendrix, consumer counsel for the state Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board.
Scouting news
March 17, 2001
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
March 17, 2001
Water standards
March 17, 2001
Voters’ mistake
March 17, 2001
Will Hatch be next chief justice?
March 17, 2001
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate Who will be the next chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? Sources tell us the first name on the short list is a natural. Chief Justice William Rehnquist is planning to retire this year, probably by summer.
Military deserves civilian respect
March 17, 2001
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate Last month, the attack submarine USS Greeneville, with 16 civilians aboard, negligently sank the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru, causing the loss of nine lives. That qualified as an accidental tragedy.
Winning partnership
March 17, 2001
J-W Editorials Participants in KU’s Rock Chalk Revue once again have contributed generously to Douglas County. Congratulations and thanks to the hundreds of Kansas University students who played a role in the annual Rock Chalk Revue.
Is too much echinacea a bad thing?
March 17, 2001
I have been taking echinacea with goldenseal every day since the beginning of fall. It works great! My husband has had four terrible colds since fall, and I haven’t caught any of them.
Justice clears American-TWA merger
March 17, 2001
The Justice Department announced Friday it would not challenge American Airlines’ proposed acquisition of TWA, a decision that effectively retires one of most storied names in the annals of U.S. aviation.
Reports pointing to rate cut
Wholesale prices, factory production fall
March 17, 2001
The latest snapshots of economic activity Friday gave Federal Reserve policy-makers more reasons to cut interest rates aggressively at their meeting Tuesday to revive a slumbering economy.
Daily ticker
March 17, 2001
Terre Haute schools to close day of McVeigh execution
March 17, 2001
Public schools near the prison where Timothy McVeigh is to be put to death will close on the day of his execution because of security and transportation concerns
Lego robots ready to rumble
Junior high students enter Egyptian ‘Techno-Pets’ in state competition
March 17, 2001
By Kevin Bates Forget word problems and quiz contests seventh-graders at Southwest Junior High are heading to state competition with robotic contraptions that would probably impress professional engineers.
Teen shot on Mass. St.
Tonganoxie resident wounded in leg with stolen pistol
March 17, 2001
By Kevin Bates An 18-year-old Tonganoxie man was shot once in the leg early Friday after a fight in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street, police said. Jason K. Smith was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital shortly before 1 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. He was treated and released Friday morning.
Terminator’ star resurfaces in movie
March 17, 2001
Linda Hamilton has gone a long way down the fame list from the early ‘90s, when she saved her son and the world, again, in “Terminator 2” and the MTV audience voted her “most attractive female” in the movies.
Fans band together at Dayton pep rally
Enthusiasm at fever pitch even before KU win
March 17, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Hopefully, no one was trying to sleep Friday afternoon at the Dayton Holiday Inn. And, hopefully, there weren’t any Cal State-Northridge fans lodging there. The traditional easy-listening hotel lobby music was out. “I’m a Jayhawk” as blared by the Jayhawk pep band was in.
Club news
March 17, 2001
Bada Bing to dress up for drinking permit
March 17, 2001
By Mark Fagan Bada Bing is trading bare skin for booze. The juice bar and only club in Lawrence that features all-nude dancing plans to turn itself into a full-service bar. That means having the dancers put clothes back on.
Stocks stagger
Dow suffers worst weekly point drop
March 17, 2001
Blue chip stocks capped their worst-ever weekly point drop and biggest percentage loss in more than 11 years Friday, pummeled by pessimism that the economy and corporate profits will be able to turn around at all this year.