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Douglas County in severe thunderstorm watch; hail falls in Lawrence
May 17, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 2:35 p.m.) The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 7 p.m. Thursday. Hail was falling in Lawrence early Thursday afternoon.
Body found on Union Pacific tracks in North Lawrence
May 17, 2001
(Updated Tuesday at 5:59 p.m.) By Ric Brack, Journal-World managing editor and Janet Reid, 6News reporter Lawrence police are investigating a body found early Thursday afternoon on the Union Pacific railroad tracks about 100 yards east of its crossing with Eighth Street in North Lawrence.
Slain KU student’s body released by Costa Rica officials
May 17, 2001
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:35 a.m.) Shannon Martin’s body was released from the police morgue in San Jose, Costa Rica about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Nacion, a San Jose daily newspaper.
Top Music
May 17, 2001
TOP MOVIES
May 17, 2001
Switchblade sister
Mystery writer chooses historic Kansas City as setting
May 17, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near There’s a new crime fighter prowling the streets of 1939 Kansas City. Dorie Lennox is young, pretty, tough and smart. She can roll with the punches and is fast with a quip and she carries a wicked switchblade knife.
Satellite system keeps track of parolees
May 17, 2001
From within a brick office building near a shopping mall, employees of Community Solutions Inc. track their clients’ movements throughout the city. The clients are parole violators who, rather than return to prison, submit to a new kind of electronic monitoring for 30 to 90 days.
Residents seek ‘cleanup’ deputy’s badge
May 17, 2001
Some Barton County residents are calling for the Sheriff’s Office to revoke the badge of a reserve deputy accused of running off volunteer help in the wake of the Hoisington tornado last month.
Push on to name building for former Kansas politicians
May 17, 2001
A group that oversees planning for the Statehouse and the surrounding blocks has proposed naming a state office building nearing completion in honor of Topekan and former U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis.
Jacquelyn Drake
May 17, 2001
Leon E. Gordon
May 17, 2001
Water quality standards go to EPA
May 17, 2001
A state agency submitted new proposed water quality regulations Wednesday to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Kansas Department of Health Environment had until Thursday to draft a plan to address a March 26 agreement between Kansas and the EPA.
Former officer sentenced
May 17, 2001
A former police sergeant has been sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of 14 counts of burglary. Reno County District Court Judge Steven Becker on Tuesday sentenced Randall Ray Sprinkle, 47, to two years in prison. Sprinkle pleaded no contest to the 14 burglary charges March 28.
Scraper services
May 17, 2001
Teacher salaries No. 1 priority
May 17, 2001
By Tim Carpenter Every cent of new money appropriated by the state to the Lawrence school district will be invested in raising teacher salaries, negotiators said Wednesday. In addition to earmarking that $700,000 from the state, representatives of the Lawrence school board and Lawrence Education Assn. agreed that $400,000 saved by reducing administrative staff would be poured into teacher compensation.
Homeless still without emergency summer shelter
May 17, 2001
By Joel Mathis The Lawrence Coalition for Homeless Concerns still is looking for a summertime emergency shelter. Victor Torres, the city’s Neighborhood Resources director and a coalition member, told a shelter task force Wednesday that city officials haven’t decided whether to allow use of the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., for the purpose.
William Spencer
May 17, 2001
Area briefs
May 17, 2001
Football coach selected to chair Heart Walk Accident near Ottawa sends two to hospital
Medicare drug cost verges on $1 trillion
May 17, 2001
Congress would have to spend up to $1 trillion over the next decade to help senior citizens on Medicare buy medicines with small co-payments and no monthly fees, congressional and private analysts told lawmakers Wednesday.
Farm loan defaults drop
May 17, 2001
Despite slumping crop prices in recent years, delinquency rates on government farm loans have fallen sharply because farmers now risk being cut off from credit if they do not keep up their payments.
World Briefs
May 17, 2001
North Korea: Nuclear cooperation deal threatened Sierra Leone: Government, rebels, U.N. seek peace deal Turkey: Crash kills all 34 people aboard military plane
KU researcher denies economic espionage
May 17, 2001
A Kansas University Medical Center researcher accused of economic espionage pleaded innocent Wednesday to a charge that he helped send DNA and other lab materials used in Alzheimer’s disease research to Japan without authority to do so.
On the record
May 17, 2001
U.S., Britain to revamp Iraq sanctions
May 17, 2001
The United States and Britain will launch a diplomatic campaign next week to overhaul the 11-year-old sanctions on Iraq, marking the Bush administration’s first substantial step to carry out a new policy for confronting Baghdad.
Colombian kidnappers snatch 190 people
May 17, 2001
Kidnappers on Wednesday were holding about 190 captives, snatched while returning from work in a plantation in eastern Colombia, in the country’s biggest mass kidnapping, the armed forces chief said.
Mideast clashes escalate
May 17, 2001
As Israeli helicopter gunships again attacked Palestinian security posts, the Israelis and Palestinians said Wednesday that they could accept a report by the U.S.-led Mitchell Commission as a possible basis for ending the 7-month-old Mideast crisis.
House votes to keep ban on aid to foreign pro-choice groups
May 17, 2001
The House voted Wednesday to preserve President Bush’s policy prohibiting $425 million in U.S. aid for global population assistance from going to groups that advocate abortion rights. The provision, which passed 218-210, was attached to an $8.2 billion State Department reauthorization bill still being debated on the House floor. Thirty-two Democrats joined Republican supporters in passing the bill.
Bubonic plague killing Colorado prairie dogs
May 17, 2001
The Pueblo City-County Health Department is warning that bubonic plague has resurfaced amid prairie dogs in Pueblo West. Last summer, the plague was blamed for the deaths of tens of thousands of prairie dogs in Pueblo West.
Bush daughter pleads to alcohol charge
May 17, 2001
President Bush’s 19-year old daughter Jenna pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol, and must attend alcohol awareness classes. Jenna Bush was ordered to pay $51.25 in court costs, serve eight hours of community service and attend six hours of classes. The maximum penalty was a $500 fine and community service.
Letterman apologizes for joke about Miss Colombia
May 17, 2001
A David Letterman joke about beauty pageant contestant Miss Colombia has sparked an ugly international incident prompting a rare apology from the TV funnyman. The controversy started Friday on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” during a bit about the Miss Universe Pageant.
ABC shakes up schedule with five new shows
May 17, 2001
Viewers will see some major changes on ABC next fall schedule, as the network will cut back on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and bring at least five new shows, including Jason Alexander’s latest comedy.
CBS plans radical schedule shift
Eight new series introduced; only one night to remain same next fall
May 17, 2001
Richard Dreyfuss plays a college professor and Ellen DeGeneres an Internet executive in two of the eight new series that CBS will introduce next fall. The network is moving “Touched By an Angel” back to Saturday nights, eliminating one of its weekly movies and changing the schedule on all but one night of the week.
Learning how to give thanks
May 17, 2001
It’s that time of year for high school seniors when the mailbox becomes as profitable as an ATM. Most graduates think it, but may not say it out loud: “Hey I got cards from Grandma and Aunt Sheryl cha-ching!”
McVeigh mulls all his options
May 17, 2001
Attorneys for Timothy McVeigh said Wednesday that he was in “good spirits” on what was to be his execution date. They also said he was still keeping all legal options open, which would include a possible appeal. Attorney Nathan Chambers said McVeigh is taking an “active role” in deciding what to do about more than 3,000 newly discovered FBI documents that should have been given to his defense team before his trial in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Briefcase
May 17, 2001
Co-op’s auction set Former Koch employee wins $8 million award Fed chairman asks Americans for financial help
Yearlong vow of silence speaks volumes to teen
May 17, 2001
There is a teen-ager who listens. Really. He even understands the difference between hearing people speak and listening to what they are saying. Of course, this insight didn’t happen overnight. This is knowledge that has come with nine months of silence. Brett Banfe hasn’t spoken a word since September, when he made a promise to himself to keep quiet for a year.
One hot night
In ‘92, The Winston set itself apart from other races
May 17, 2001
If the slogan on billboards and commercials about Saturday night’s running of The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. “One Hot Night,” this year’s theme, was first used to hype the 1992 running of NASCAR’s all-star event at the 1.5-mile track in Charlotte. And in that case, the outcome certainly lived up to its advance billing.
Magazines suffer worst year at newsstands
65 percent of issues on racks not sold
May 17, 2001
The magazine industry suffered what may be its first-ever decline in revenues from newsstand sales last year, an industry consultant says. Harrington Associates, a research firm based in Norwalk, Conn., calculated that the dollar value of magazine newsstand sales through such venues as supermarkets, bookstores and airport kiosks fell 3.9 percent last year to $4.43 billion, down from $4.61 billion a year earlier.
Sprint expects profits to fall short
May 17, 2001
Bankruptcies among its wholesale customers and weak demand for long-distance phone service will cause earnings at Sprint Corp.’s traditional telephone business to fall short of expectations for the second quarter and all of 2001.
Restoration builds momentum
Older neighborhoods see new windows, other projects as property values rise
May 17, 2001
By Mark Fagan Two years after graduating from Kansas University and opening his own woodworking business, Matt Jones is carving a niche in an expanding market. His latest project a $10,000 contract to repair and re-create windows and doors for the Hobbs Park Memorial is helping put a fresh face on the shell of a 140-year-old home at 10th and Delaware streets.
Baseball Briefs
May 17, 2001
Lofton goes on DL with pulled muscle Seattle’s Paniagua fined, suspended Johnson to share record for most strikeouts
After wait of 568 days, Smoltz to start tonight
May 17, 2001
After waiting 568 days between starts, John Smoltz knows the comeback is not yet complete. In a way, it’s only beginning. Smoltz, who hasn’t pitched for the Atlanta Braves since the 1999 World Series, returns to the mound tonight against the Colorado Rockies.
Texas Tech rips Sooners
May 17, 2001
Nick Blankenship drove in four runs and Texas Tech hit four home runs Wednesday in a 17-5 victory over Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Brandon Roberson pitched a complete game for the second-seeded Red Raiders (40-16-1), who advanced to play this afternoon against Texas A&M. The Aggies beat Texas 9-8 earlier Wednesday.
American League Roundup: Indians’ road win streak hits 11
Cleveland comes back in ninth for 4-3 victory over Rangers
May 17, 2001
Wil Cordero rediscovered his power stroke just in time for Cleveland. Cordero’s two-run homer in the ninth tied the game, and Jolbert Cabrera added an RBI single as the Indians rallied to beat Texas, 4-3, Wednesday night and extend their road winning streak to 11 games.
National League Roundup: Sosa tags No. 400
Cubs fall, 6-2, despite milestone home run
May 17, 2001
Sammy Sosa keeps hitting home runs and the Chicago Cubs keep losing. Sosa hit his 400th career home run, but Houston overcame the two-run shot to beat the Cubs, 6-2, Wednesday night.
Gregoire lacks confidence
French driver struggling in bid to qualify for sixth time
May 17, 2001
A crisis of confidence has left Stephan Gregoire confused, frustrated and in danger of failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The problems began for the five-time Indy starter and last year’s eighth-place finisher in the Indy Racing League season-opener in Phoenix.
Community coalition alarmed at increase in domestic violence
May 17, 2001
By Dave Ranney Despite all the efforts to prevent and respond to domestic violence in Douglas County, Delores Moseley says something’s still not right. Moseley is the victim advocate/witness coordinator for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Every morning, she stops by the Lawrence Police Department to pick up the previous day’s arrest reports.
Probation ordered in homeless death case
Victim’s relatives played role in sentence, district judge says
May 17, 2001
By Joel Mathis Joshua Mattocks will pay for taking John Lowe’s life by telling his story, again and again and again. Mattocks, of Fair Grove, Mo., drove over and killed a sleeping Lowe, 38, on April 28, 2000, in an alley behind Community Mercantile, 901 Miss. Witnesses reported Lowe, a homeless Lawrence resident, had been sleeping in the alley before his death.
Agassi makes early exit
Safin also ousted in second round of German Open
May 17, 2001
Andre Agassi and Marat Safin, the top two remaining seeded players in the German Open, were eliminated in the second round Wednesday. Agassi, seeded third, lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, while the second-seeded Safin was beaten 6-0, 7-6 (0) by Argentina’s Gaston Gaudio.
Glass falls to second
May 17, 2001
Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., overtook Lawrence’s Bob Glass as leader of the Senior Pennsylvania Open on Tuesday.
Baker’s Lewis in second
May 17, 2001
Baker University’s Meghan Lewis was in a four-way tie for second place on Thursday after the second round of the NAIA Women’s National Golf Tournament. Lewis, who was the first-round co-leader with a 77 on Tuesday, carded an 8-over 80 on Wednesday at London Country Club and was four strokes behind leader Katherine Neely of Libscomb.
Brady wins Super Seniors
May 17, 2001
Lawrence’s Elaine Brady won the KWGA Super Seniors golf title by three strokes on Wednesday at Topeka Public. Brady, two strokes off the lead after Monday’s 18 holes, fired a round of 77 Wednesday and finished at 159 three shots better than runner-up Cindy Cooper.
Teen guilty in slaying of teacher
May 17, 2001
A 14-year-old boy who shot his English teacher to death on the last day of school last year was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday, escaping an automatic sentence of life behind bars with no hope of ever getting out. “Not too bad,” Nathaniel Brazill told his lawyers, who later said the boy wept as he was escorted from the courtroom.
Redistricting hearings - City: Keep us in 3rd
Lawrence officials favor 3rd District representation
May 17, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Lawrence community leaders Wednesday urged state legislators to keep the city in the 3rd Congressional District. But Republicans calling the redistricting shots gave mixed signals as to whether that would happen. A joint legislative committee began hearings on redistricting issues in Lawrence, a city that may have to change congressional districts because of population shifts in the past 10 years.
Randa’s slam lifts Royals over D’Rays
May 17, 2001
Joe Randa’s first career grand slam capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 9-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday night. The Royals trailed 5-0 after four innings and 5-4 heading into the ninth before rallying against Esteban Yan.
Interest rises in home refinancing
But Fed’s rate cut may not reduce loan costs
May 17, 2001
Americans are taking advantage of falling mortgage rates and refinancing their homes in droves a boom that is likely to make 2001 the second-biggest year ever for refinancing. Mortgage rates are down more than a percentage point from a year ago, making it attractive for many homeowners to redo their loans.
Concussions common in NFL
May 17, 2001
More than 61 percent of former NFL players had concussions during their playing days, and most of them said they were not sidelined after their injuries, according to a study issued Wednesday.
Ex-Jayhawk, Hall of Fame coach Ralph Miller dies
May 17, 2001
Kansas University graduate Ralph Miller, who coached Oregon State to four Pac-10 Conference basketball championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances, has died. He was 82. Miller, who also coached at Wichita State for 13 seasons, died Tuesday at his home at Black Butte Ranch. Cause of death was not released.
Walk-on Hackler reaches new heights
May 17, 2001
By Gary Bedore Kansas University football walk-on T.J. Hackler walked into the Jayhawk men’s track office a couple of weeks ago. “Right after spring football ended, I told the coaches I wanted to high jump. I said I could jump 7-foot-2. I don’t know if they believed me,” said Hackler, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound nonscholarship sophomore football wide receiver out of Fort Scott Community College.
Restoring the nuclear family
May 17, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services A U.S. Airways contest invites children to write an essay about their father or “father figure” for Father’s Day. The divorced Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, tells a young girl in a TV commercial about “Prince Charming” and the ideal marriage.
Supporting parents
May 17, 2001
Mother’s concern
May 17, 2001
The best job
May 17, 2001
Dow soars above 11,000 mark
Investors growing optimistic about economy
May 17, 2001
The Dow industrials closed above 11,000 for the first time in eight months, soaring more than 340 points Wednesday on hopes that lower interest rates will revitalize economic growth. Given the Federal Reserve’s decision Tuesday to reduce interest rates by 0.5 percentage point the fifth such cut this year investors are growing increasingly optimistic that the economy and earnings will turn around in the second half of 2001.
Split decision defies stereotypes
May 17, 2001
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Five days after President Bush made his first judicial nominations, the Supreme Court did something serendipitous. In an ideologically interesting alignment, it produced yet another 5-4 decision in which Justice O’Connor wrote the majority opinion, Justice Scalia wrote a vinegary dissent and the simmering controversy about the composition and function of courts was illuminated.
Transportation innovation
May 17, 2001
Journal-World Editorial A light rail system has interesting possibilities for downtown Kansas City, Mo. As cities grow, so do traffic and parking problems. More people bring more vehicles. As cities spread from their centers, people on the outskirts must drive longer distances and seek increasingly rare parking places in order to come to the city center to work or seek entertainment.
Sharing therapist with family members raises doubts
May 17, 2001
Form and function
Terry Miller makes art that serves a purpose
May 17, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Terry Miller was going through a mid-life crisis a few years ago, wondering what he was going to do with his career that was not only meaningful but also creatively fulfilling. He enrolled in a few classes at Johnson County Community College where inspiration struck him. The great thing for Miller was that he did not have to alter his lifestyle as his new occupation took off, because he could adapt his regular trade to pursue his artistic dreams.
Out of Bounds: Barber shop talk
Sports conversation and cutting remarks mean more than a routine haircut
May 17, 2001
By Seth Jones Direct deposit. Do-it-yourself check-out lines at Dillons. Gas stations without attendants. Some people call it progress; I call it another way to avoid talking to people.
What Are You Reading?
May 17, 2001
Martin Sexton at the Bottleneck
Singer/songwriter is nothing if not a showman.
May 17, 2001
By Michael Newman Martin Sexton is going places. Currently, he’s going there in a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling a trailer. The destination? His management hopes it will be Madison Square Garden, though if he makes it there, its unlikely he’ll still be touring with an entourage of three in a sport-ute. This past Monday night it was the more modest Bottleneck here in Lawrence that was the beneficiary of Sexton’s able talents.
Student exodus commences
Moving-out day arrives at Kansas University residence halls
May 17, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Signs of summer were apparent Wednesday at Kansas University, the last day for finals and open residence halls. Daisy Hill looked like a scene from “The Grapes of Wrath,” with pickups loaded with boxes, mini-fridges and bicycles lining Engel Road near the residence halls. The halls closed at 11 p.m., and many of the 5,100 residents waited until the last day to move out.
France atop FIFA rankings
May 17, 2001
World and European champion France has overtaken Brazil atop the FIFA world rankings, ending Brazil’s seven-year domination of world soccer.
Bush to unveil power plan today
May 17, 2001
President Bush today will offer 105 specific proposals to boost fuel production and conserve supplies in a far-reaching plan to meet the nation’s future energy needs. “We’re going to solve this problem,” Bush said Wednesday at the White House. “We’re going to get after it. This is not just a report that’s going to gather dust. This is an action plan.”
Martin services
May 17, 2001
Donovan Eck
May 17, 2001
Longtime FBI agent indicted for espionage
May 17, 2001
Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran FBI agent, was indicted Wednesday on espionage charges. Federal prosecutors said the father of six “betrayed his country for over 15 years” and seriously compromised the security of the United States.
Manhattan thumps Lions
Lawrence High’s season ends with 12-1 loss to Indians in regional semifinal
May 17, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus A year ago during its run to the Class 6A state softball tournament, Lawrence High relied heavily on its seven seniors to edge Manhattan in a Class 6A regional final. On Wednesday against MHS at Washburn Rural, the Lions wished they had those seniors back for a fifth year while facing Manhattan again. The Indians banged 15 hits, capitalized on four LHS errors and rolled to a 12-1 victory in a regional semifinal.
Energy costs burn up budgets
Cemetery sacrifices ‘eternal flame’ to cut expenses
May 17, 2001
By Joel Mathis The “eternal” flame at Oak Hill Cemetery commemorating the service of Lawrence’s war veterans will be extinguished after Memorial Day the victim of rising energy costs that are bursting city budgets. “We have not turned it off yet, but we will after Memorial Day,” said Fred DeVictor, the city’s Parks and Recreation director.
Will & Grace’ ends on weak note
May 17, 2001
Proof that sweeps month razzle-dazzle can undermine the quality of even the best-written shows can be seen on tonight’s hourlong “Will & Grace” (8 p.m., NBC). At their best, season finales tie up loose ends and keep you guessing until next season.
SEVEN QUESTIONS with Ron Jeremy
May 17, 2001
By Jon Niccum Most people in America know who Ron Jeremy is, but not everyone cares to admit it.
Film Review - ‘Angel Eyes’
May 17, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Dallying with romance, crime, dysfunctional families and possibly the supernatural, “Angel Eyes” crams a lot of choice topics into just shy of a couple of hours. That running time seems longer because writer Gerald Dipego and director Luis Mandoki (the team behind “Message in a Bottle”) never commit to one theme long enough to really pull a viewer in. When it’s all over, “Angel Eyes” feels like an exhausting flirtation instead of a full-out seduction. That’s a bit of a downer considering that it features the normally smoldering Jennifer Lopez and James Caviezel (“Frequency”).
Spinning the Web: Stay in, rock out!
Web concerts take the hassle out of live music
May 17, 2001
By Michael Newman I may just be getting old. I’m turning 41 this week, and going to concerts gets harder and harder every year. But it’s possible that I have this concert business licked. I’ve been enjoying live music lately without some bozo spilling my beer, without ending up smelling like an ashtray, with nobody screaming “ROCK AND ROLL!” or “YOU GUYS SUCK!” in my ear. There are no long lines at the bathroom, my ears don’t ring when it’s over and no stage divers kick me in the head.
Paradise by the Dashboard light
Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba finds a home on the road
May 17, 2001
By Geoff Harkness For many musicians, touring is but one aspect of a larger job. For Chris Carrabba, the road is a way of life. The singer/songwriter/guitarist and mastermind behind indie band Dashboard Confessional just wrapped up a gig in Chicago and currently is en route to Seattle, where his band will begin a two-week tour with The Weakerthans. Following those dates, Carrabba will spend the rest of the summer playing on various tours with shows lined up well into September.
Side Notes: Band names from hell
May 17, 2001
By Geoff Harkness Is it me or are all the good band names taken these days? In the old days, rock monikers came a dime a dozen and cool denominations like The Sex Pistols, Public Enemy, Soundgarden and 1910 Fruitgum Co. were up for grabs. Lately it’s getting harder and harder to find groups without ridiculous handles or even worse uncreative ones. Staind, Crazy Town and The String Cheese Incident all have recording contracts at the moment, indicating the problem might be more serious than previously known.
Clear and present Danger
Lawrence pop jesters Danger Bob assemble for a musical reunion
May 17, 2001
By Jon Niccum “You know how it is in a band, you kind of get tired of each other,” Danger Bob guitarist Andy Morton says. “It’s not that you get tired of the people, you get tired of arguing your points.”
Arts Notes
May 17, 2001
Musicians line up for bluegrass fest Book signings planned at Raven, library Kemper Museum acquires new artworks Trolley running again in Atchison
6Sports report: Lions softball calls it a season
May 17, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on Lawrence High’s 6A regional sfotball loss to Manhattan Wednesday.
Hearing to decide $151 million electric-rate hike
May 17, 2001
The rate more than half of Kansas households pay for electricity will be decided during a hearing set to begin today before state utility regulators. Western Resources Inc., the state’s largest electric utility, has asked the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $151 million rate increase.
Area commencement schedules announced
May 17, 2001
Area high school and university commencement ceremonies are in full swing this weekend and next.
Fans, Jordan must accept ‘new’ NBA
Today’s top players make the grade, even though they don’t look the part
May 17, 2001
Tuesday’s NBA news release announcing Allen Iverson as the league’s Most Valuable Player noted that no one shorter or lighter than the 6-foot, 165-pound Iverson had ever won the league’s most prestigious individual honor.
Appearance still matters
May 17, 2001
By Geneva Overholser Washington Post Writers Group It is noteworthy that the toast of next month’s fashion magazines will be none other than our modest and unassuming first lady, Laura Bush. Yet we shouldn’t be surprised: First ladydom is a tenacious redoubt for our fascination with a woman’s looks.
Calendar
May 17, 2001
Briefcase
May 17, 2001
Consumer prices up, clothing costs drop Delinquency rates fall sharply on loans Hewlett-Packard income beats expectations Krispy Kreme reports increase in profits Quarterly profits cool at Campbell Sou
National briefs
May 17, 2001
WWII Memorial gets House boost Mayor faces charges in 1969 race riot murder Jail guards indicted for beating inmates Classmate arrested in student’s murder
To Hutchinson and beyond
May 17, 2001
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is taking registrations for its summer camps for students as young as first grade.
KU golfers primed for regionals
Jayhawks seek redemption for seventh-place finish in Big 12 tournament
May 17, 2001
By Gary Bedore Kansas had hoped for a first-place finish at the Big 12 men’s golf championships. The Jayhawks instead finished in the second division.
Monarchos faces hurdles
Tight turns at Pimlico concern trainer
May 17, 2001
Monarchos will try to clear what trainer John Ward considers the biggest bump in his Triple Crown road when the Kentucky Derby winner runs in the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico.
NBA Playoffs: Sixers roll over Raptors, 121-88
May 17, 2001
Allen Iverson stared directly into Vince Carter’s eyes, seemingly toying with him. He faked to his left, then to the right, continued to dribble, shuffled back and nailed a three-pointer over Carter’s outstretched arm.
KU escorts slain student home
May 17, 2001
By Amber Stuever The body of Shannon Martin, the Kansas University student murdered while doing research in Golfito, Costa Rica, will return today to Kansas, escorted by a KU official and the slain woman’s boyfriend. Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco, interim director of study abroad at KU, and David Schmitz, KU senior and Martin’s boyfriend, left Wednesday for Costa Rica and are expected to return sometime today.
Word of Mouth: Mexican tropics
May 17, 2001
By Diane Frook Even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t normally like green food, it’s hard to resist two of La Tropicana’s best offerings: a tall limeade and an order of chunky guacamole, which was some of the best I’ve had in Lawrence.
No happy endings
Daniel Woodrell writes about Midwestern life
May 17, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Daniel Woodrell does not write stories with happy endings. His novels always descend into a haunted no-man’s land of rogues, outlaws and cutthroats who would rather fight first and not talk at all.
Parting shot
May 17, 2001
FBI chief admits ‘serious errors’
May 17, 2001
FBI Director Louis Freeh shouldered responsibility Wednesday for his agency’s failure to turn over Oklahoma City bombing investigation evidence to Timothy McVeigh’s defense team, even as the FBI revealed that it has discovered yet another batch of documents.
NHL Playoffs:St. Louis survives Avs in 2 OTs
May 17, 2001
Scott Young scored 10:27 into the second overtime as the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Wednesday night, avoiding a big deficit in the Western Conference finals.
Soul survivor
Nulisch brings diverse influences to blues circuit
May 17, 2001
By Dave Ranney If turntables could talk, they’d be thanking Darrell Nulisch. He’s got a lot of the 40-and-over crowd looking for their Al Green albums, which, more than likely, are still in the basement in that lone surviving box of vinyl memories that are just too good to part with.
Residents offer perspectives about city’s growth priorities
May 17, 2001
By Amber Stuever The World Company’s “Lawrence is Growing” series captured residents’ attention; now the question is where that attention should be focused next. At Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, association members and representatives of the Journal-World and World Online began setting the agenda for future communication concerning growth.
People
May 17, 2001
Musicals sink in red ink Go-Go’s singer takes it off off ‘Love Story’ redux Being John Malkovich Stipe
National briefs
May 17, 2001
New coins missing from Mint Grandmother, 3 children slain Affirmative action ban nixed Mom sentenced for child death
Daily Ticker
May 17, 2001
Briefly____________________
May 17, 2001
Graduate assistants call off negotiations for summer Contract negotiations between Kansas University and its graduate teaching assistants will halt for the summer. Negotiators for the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition asked for talks to end now and resume in August because some graduate assistants will be away from Lawrence for the summer. Graduate assistants, in the file photo above, protested their pay during demonstrations this past semester. “We represent over 900 people and it’s not a decision that four or five of us make in terms of what positions we’ll take or what compromises we’ll make,” said Robert Vodicka, GTAC negotiations committee chairman. Vodicka said GTAC members also canceled a meeting with university officials Tuesday because they were busy grading papers at the end of the semester. The university issued a news release Wednesday saying it had “reluctantly” agreed to the graduate assistants’ request to temporarily halt negotiations. __________________________ Kansas University: Regents evaluate chancellor Topeka Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s job performance was evaluated Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents. After the one-hour, closed-door session, Regents Chairman Clay Blair said the discussion with Hemenway was “very constructive and positive.” The regents are evaluating all the chief executives of the state’s public universities. In June, the regents will announce pay raises, if any, for the executives. Blair said the regents and Hemenway had a “good discussion.” “The discussion was focused on past results and his future vision,” Blair said. Asked if there were areas of Hemenway’s administration that the regents wanted to change, Blair said, “All the presidents in the state have areas where they can improve.” He declined to elaborate further on the closed-door session. __________________________ Safety: Bicycle helmets available for free Children’s bicycle helmets will be given away Saturday morning at a southwest Lawrence grocery store. The helmets will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. Experts will be on hand to inspect old helmets, provide safety inspections and license bicycles. The giveaway is sponsored by Laird Noller Automotive, Stephens Real Estate, State Farm Insurance, Cycle Works, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, IAFF Local 1596 and Douglas County Safe Kids Coalition. Children must be present to receive the helmets. __________________________ KU economics department honors students The Kansas University economics department honored outstanding students with awards and scholarships totaling $29,600 at an awards banquet last month. Students, their hometowns, years and majors, and their awards are: Trace Stevenson, El Dorado senior in business administration and economics, John Ise Award. Rebekah Gaston, Osawatomie senior in business administration and economics, Arthur J. Boynton Award. Leslie Hendrix, Coffeyville senior in economics, Arthur J. Boynton Award. Erik Reedy, Topeka senior in mathematics, American studies and economics, Arthur J. Boynton Award. Marlon Goodwin, Tulsa, Okla., senior in business administration and economics, Domenico Gagliardo Award. Funds for the awards and scholarships are administered through the Kansas University Endowment Association.
Movie listings
May 17, 2001
Nation Briefs
May 17, 2001
Minnesota: Chess hooligans prompt library ban New York CITY: Prized cello returned after errant cab ride Tennessee: Drug-sniffing dog’s nose ruled unreliable
Film Review - ‘Shrek’
DreamWorks’ animated blockbuster ‘Shrek’ revises rules of classic fairy tales
May 17, 2001
By Loey Lockerby At the beginning of “Shrek,” the title character rips the pages out of a fairy tale book and uses them as toilet paper. That pretty much sums up the whole movie.
Horoscopes
May 17, 2001