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USA Basketball team trials set for June 1-4
May 18, 2001
Duke players Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon and Mike Dunleavy headline a list of 45 college players invited to the World Championship for Young Men tournament team trials June 1-4 in Colorado Springs.
Friends and neighbors
May 18, 2001
Longhorn sets mark at Big 12
Armstrong wins hammer throw
May 18, 2001
Dylan Armstrong of Texas won the men’s hammer throw with a Big 12 meet record distance of 221 feet, 1 inch Thursday in the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Kanaan sets hot pace
May 18, 2001
Tony Kanaan led a pack of Honda-powered drivers setting the pace in Thursday’s practice for the Firestone Firehawk 500, the fifth event of the 2001 FedEx Championship Series.
Humpy Bumper’ unveiled
May 18, 2001
The president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway unveiled a front safety bumper this week that he thinks NASCAR drivers will approve.
Pair arrested, charged with fraud
May 18, 2001
Two people face felony charges after a misspelling on a credit application led authorities to a California-based identity fraud ring. Johnson County prosecutors filed documents alleging members of the group traveled to the Kansas City area and used stolen identity and credit information to buy merchandise.
NBA player set to race in NHRA
May 18, 2001
Putting away his basketball and jumping into a race car, NBA player Tom Hammonds will open his season this weekend in Englishtown, N.J.
Kiwanis Club honors Substantial Citizens
May 18, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Two retired Lawrence women with 92 years of community service between them were honored Thursday. The Lawrence Kiwanis Club bestowed its highest honor on Hilda Enoch and Dr. Helen Gilles for their contributions in Lawrence. The women were named the club’s 2001 Substantial Citizens.
Trial ordered in fatal accident at Sixth and Wakarusa
May 18, 2001
By Kevin Bates The husband of a woman killed in a February traffic accident testified Thursday how he saw two oncoming headlights before the collision pinned his wife in the vehicle. John McGee, 25, was about to exit the intersection of Sixth Street and Monterey Way when he glanced out the passenger’s window and saw a vehicle bearing down on him.
Headless corpse found in N. Lawrence
Crew on passing train reports gruesome discovery; police withhold victim’s identity
May 18, 2001
By Kevin Bates Lawrence Police Thursday night were not releasing the identity of a headless corpse found on the Union Pacific railroad tracks in North Lawrence. The man’s body was discovered about noon next to the tracks, his neck against one of the rails.
Kansas University commencement events listed
May 18, 2001
Here’s the schedule of events set this weekend for Kansas University commencement.
Rose Nichols
May 18, 2001
Project Graduation car vandalized
May 18, 2001
By Kevin Bates Vandalism to a prize Honda Civic at a Lawrence car dealership shouldn’t affect a post-graduation party for Lawrence High and Free State High schools, officials said. A red, 1990 Honda Civic was donated by Ellena Honda, 2957 Four Wheel Drive, and is scheduled to be given away at a May 27 party called Project Graduation.
Baseball briefs
May 18, 2001
Phils’ Person suspended Mets activate White Ivan Rodriguez returns to struggling Rangers Knoblauch misses game
Smoltz receives rude welcome
Atlanta hurler rocked by Rockies in his first game since 1999
May 18, 2001
John Smoltz couldn’t wait to get back on the mound after almost 19 months away. Just one inning into his comeback, he couldn’t wait to get back to the dugout.
Plains’ wet forecast bucks summer trends nationally
May 18, 2001
The long-range forecast for summer promises little relief for drought-battered residents of the Southeast. Dry conditions also are expected to linger in the Pacific Northwest, while the Midwest is facing a cool, wet summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
Heroin use moves to suburbia
May 18, 2001
A New Jersey study suggests that heroin, a longtime scourge of America’s inner cities, is becoming a suburban and rural problem. The number of city-dwelling heroin users treated each year in the state dropped by half during the 1990s, while the number treated from suburban and rural areas nearly tripled, the government reported Thursday.
Downcast Raptors on brink of elimination
May 18, 2001
One day after serving as reluctant witnesses to Allen Iverson’s latest display of brilliance, the Toronto Raptors still seemed equal parts awestruck and ashamed.
Woods seven back in Germany
New Zealand’s Campbell shoots 10-under 62 at Deutsche Bank-SAP Open
May 18, 2001
New Zealand’s Michael Campbell took the spotlight from Tiger Woods on Thursday, shooting a 10-under 62 in the rain-plagued Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.
Columbine panel faults sheriff for failing to act
May 18, 2001
Authorities failed to recognize and act on numerous signs that two teens were planning the deadly attack on Columbine High School, the head of a gubernatorial task force said Thursday. “There were a number of red flags,” said William Erickson, a former state Supreme Court justice and chairman of the Columbine Review Commission.
John Doe 2’ theories persist
May 18, 2001
He was a shadowy figure in a sketch, the subject of a nationwide manhunt in the Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy McVeigh says John Doe No. 2 does not exist, but the FBI’s failure to disclose evidence has revived questions about whether an accomplice might have gone undetected.
Former director guilty of stealing
Gerald Burd admits taking over $100,000 from fund-raising agency
May 18, 2001
By Dave Ranney The former director of the Haskell Foundation admitted Thursday that he stole more than $100,000 from the financially troubled nonprofit agency. Gerald “Gerry” Burd’s guilty plea in federal court could get him 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is set for Aug. 24. Burd, 36, was accused of stealing $103,979 from foundation accounts between Jan. 2, 1998, and Dec. 10, 1999.
Senate rejects bill increasing funding for special ed
May 18, 2001
A Senate proposal that would have given schools billions of dollars in new money for special education was defeated Thursday. Senators overwhelmingly approved legislation that would forgive college loans for Head Start teachers. The special education measure, introduced by Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., sought to give enough funding to schools to serve all disabled students within two years, appropriating more than $12 billion next year alone.
Area briefs
May 18, 2001
TV forum examines legislative session Casting call goes out for dog role in ‘Annie’ Groups offering fair on motorcycle awareness FSHS booster club to sell merchandise Healing workshop for animals set
Bush warns of ‘dark future’
President pushes more oil drilling, nuclear power
May 18, 2001
President Bush braced Americans on Thursday for a summer of blackouts, layoffs, business closings and skyrocketing fuel costs and warned of “a darker future” without his aggressive plans to drill for more oil and gas and rejuvenate nuclear power.
Disney fights to win ‘Pearl Harbor’ battle
May 18, 2001
At a final cost of roughly $140 million, Disney’s big movie of the summer, “Pearl Harbor,” looked like a bargain after the original price tag of $180 million first presented to Disney executive Michael Eisner.
Investors’ enthusiasm continues to lift stocks
May 18, 2001
Investors maintained their enthusiasm about lower interest rates Thursday, extending the big rally that allowed the Dow industrials to close above 11,000 for the first time since September.
Credit card loans Banks tighten standards
May 18, 2001
The number of banks that have tightened standards for credit card loans surged in the spring amid worries consumers would have difficulty paying debts in a slowing economy. The Federal Reserve survey released Thursday also said that banks continue to be somewhat tightfisted with business borrowers for similar reasons.
Fed cuts appear to be working
Leading indicators increase in April, show signs of stabilization
May 18, 2001
A key gauge of future economic activity rose in April after two straight monthly declines, suggesting the Federal Reserve’s aggressive rate-cutting is working. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose to 108.7 in April after slipping 0.2 percent in March and 0.2 percent in February, the Conference Board reported.
Payless Cashways cuts inventory of stores
But Lawrence center remains open, considered among firm’s ‘strongest markets’
May 18, 2001
Payless Cashways Inc. has closed 10 percent of its building materials stores within the past two weeks, moves the building-supplies retailer characterizes as consolidations. Payless Cashways closed seven stores this week, less than two weeks after closing six stores. The company, which had almost 200 stores before it filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in July 1997, now has 113 traditional retail stores.
Ministry helps drivers keep faith
May 18, 2001
No one has done more to soften the blow of death in the sport of stock-car racing than the Motor Racing Outreach. The ministry was started in 1988 to give NASCAR’s itinerant band of drivers and mechanics a church they could attend while traveling the racing circuit.
Divine diets fill a niche
Inspirational guidance leads some from temptation
May 18, 2001
They’ve tried fad diets. They’ve tried health club memberships. They’ve tried pills, shakes and energy bars. But many dieters say they found the answer to losing weight when they tried something else: the Almighty. While trendy diets come and go, Bible study weight-loss programs have quietly gained a devoted following in recent years, employing prayer, inspirational tapes, group support, nutrition and exercise education to help shed flab.
Spirituality
May 18, 2001
Cardinals on display at Vatican meeting American author walks the Bible
NASCAR drivers face races at God’s speed
Motor Racing Outreach ministry provides on-site religious services to families and crews
May 18, 2001
Just before the start of this year’s Talladega 500 stock-car race, a familiar ritual unfolded. The drivers stood beside their cars, their wives alongside them, and a pair of chaplains moved from car to car, clasping hands with each couple and leading them in prayer.
Sweet sanctuary
Former Lawrence churches make heavenly homes
May 18, 2001
By Jim Baker The mailboxes at the front of the building at 1001 Ky. read, consecutively, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John but you won’t find any of the apostles dwelling within. Instead, there’s Amy Hutton, a student at Topeka Technical College studying Web design. She and her boyfriend, Jerod Cantu, a cinematography student at Kansas University, share one of four apartments in the building, which was converted in the 1970s from an old limestone church erected in 1871 to serve a United Presbyterian congregation.
Nominations sought for Prime Time Awards
May 18, 2001
Nominations are currently being sought for the 2001 Kansas Prime Time Awards, which honor the state’s older workers and their employers.
Regents won’t allow FHSU satellite at Pratt Community College
May 18, 2001
The state Board of Regents decided Thursday that an affiliation between Fort Hays State University and Pratt Community College should not be pursued in the near future. Citing a need for more information, the regents said the two schools could not move forward with their intent to make the Pratt campus a satellite of Fort Hays State.
Surgery unlikely for Griffey
May 18, 2001
Ken Griffey Jr. is making slow progress from his torn hamstring, and there are no plans for him to have surgery.
Sideline
May 18, 2001
McGwire to return in June Strawberry avoids prison
Community support
May 18, 2001
Fond memories
May 18, 2001
KU not to blame
May 18, 2001
View from Golfito
May 18, 2001
Tough field in KC tourney
May 18, 2001
The field is better and the course is playing tougher. Now, if the TD Waterhouse Championship can only match last year’s electrifying finish, Kansas City might become a favorite fixture on the Senior PGA Tour.
Loaded regional to test city teams
Free State’s runners strong in 800, relays
May 18, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus A prelude to the Class 6A state track and field meet will occur today at the 6A regional at Olathe District Activities Center. The meet, which includes Lawrence High and Free State High, is loaded with several of the state’s top performers.
Classic political questions return
May 18, 2001
By David Shribman The Boston Globe The common Washington wisdom: This is a period of laziness in the capital, personified by a lazy president who is content to trot out tired old ideas. And, in fact, the Bush administration does look a bit like a movie where characters from the Gerald R. Ford years are spliced in to mouth lines from the Ronald Reagan years.
Nothing’s fail-safe
May 18, 2001
Journal-World Editorial When people act foolishly, no instruments can guarantee their safety. A Kansas University student has been injured, fortunately not critically, from a 45-foot tumble from an upper story of a university residence hall. A screen had been removed from a window near a ledge from which the fall occurred.
On the record
May 18, 2001
Mayan city older than first thought
May 18, 2001
Chac, a Mayan city in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, flourished hundreds of years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence that also shows extensive outside influence on the community.
Evidence found of ancient farms
May 18, 2001
Traces of pollen found in soils dug from deep beneath a Mexican plain show that ancient farmers were growing cornlike plants there more than 6,000 years ago, the earliest known domestic cultivation in North America, researchers say.
World briefs
May 18, 2001
Arafat criticizes Israeli army raids Transport Minister killed in plane crash Rescue teams trying to reach spelunkers
University appoints vice chancellor to remake image
May 18, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Kansas University’s public image needs a makeover, officials said, and that job will be done by Janet Murguia, a former White House aide who is returning to her Kansas roots. “I’m excited,” Murguia said Thursday after KU announced her appointment as executive vice chancellor for university relations. “I’m looking forward to coming home and telling the story of Kansas University,” she said.
KU to review Golfito program
May 18, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Kansas University will conduct a review of its study-abroad program operation in Golfito, Costa Rica, in light of the slaying of Shannon Martin, Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Thursday. “We’ll do a full analysis,” Hemenway said, adding that the safety of students is the No. 1 priority for study programs abroad.
China charges U.S. citizen with spying
May 18, 2001
Chinese authorities have formally arrested a Chinese American business professor held since Feb. 25 and charged him with spying for Taiwan, making him one of the few U.S. citizens ever to face espionage charges here, the U.S. Embassy said Thursday.
O.J.’s advice to Robert Blake: Don’t watch TV
May 18, 2001
O.J. Simpson has some advice for actor Robert Blake, whose wife was shot to death this month: Don’t watch TV. “I know that watching TV is only going to frustrate him,” Simpson told the syndicated TV show “Extra” for a segment scheduled to air Thursday.
Sheen curses God in ‘West Wing’ finale
May 18, 2001
In Wednesday’s powerful season finale of “The West Wing,” beleaguered President Josiah Bartlet lashed out at God in two languages. First in English and then Latin, Bartlet lamented life’s cruel twists, including the death of his longtime secretary in a drunken-driving accident, and reproached God.
Sheen picketed at award ceremony
May 18, 2001
Actor Martin Sheen was the target of a demonstration Wednesday as he stopped in Philadelphia to pick up an award for his work on behalf of the civil rights of immigrants.
Swimmers hope to make splash at state meet
May 18, 2001
By Robert Sinclair Lawrence High’s girls swimming team already has had some success as far as this weekend’s state meet. First-year LHS coach Ryan Adams found out on Wednesday that Sarah Ball, who initially didn’t qualify in the 200 intermediate medley, was added to the state field based on her consideration time.
Costly medicine
May 18, 2001
Bucks draw even
Milwaukee tops Hornets, 104-97, for 3-3 deadlock
May 18, 2001
Down 15 points and on the brink of elimination, the Milwaukee Bucks never panicked. Instead, they turned to their “Big Three,” and forced a seventh game. Sam Cassell scored a career-playoff high 33 points, Glenn Robinson had 29 and Ray Allen added 23 to rally the Bucks to a 104-97 victory over Charlotte on Thursday night to send the Eastern Conference semifinal series back to Milwaukee.
6Sports report: high school track preview
May 18, 2001
Kevin Romary sets up what to expect from today’s 6A track regional in Olathe.
City Athlete of the Week: Rob Scott, Lawrence High
May 18, 2001
In the regional championship against Manhattan, Scott, a center fielder who made a couple of sparkling defensive plays, drove in two runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth when he hit a double down the left-field line.
Scott Elwell: 6Sports Athlete of the Week
May 18, 2001
LHS senior Scott Elwell is Lawrence’s only entry in today’s 6A state tennis tournament in Wichita.
Point Given reduced to backup role
Baffert’s heralded horses failed to meet expectations in Kentucky Derby
May 18, 2001
Point Given, the star going into the Kentucky Derby, finds himself playing a backup role to Monarchos in Saturday’s Preakness cast.
National briefs
May 18, 2001
Grant process opened to secular groups Congressman’s son ascends to his seat
National briefs
May 18, 2001
Judge bans graduation prayer 2 people shot on campus
Bobs’ surprise Free State teacher
May 18, 2001
By Tim Carpenter It was the kind of interruption Pam Bushouse can get used to. Representatives of Lawrence’s anonymous, charitable “Bobs” walked unannounced Thursday into Bales Recital Hall while Bushouse conducted Free State High School choral practice. “I’m sorry to interrupt,” apologized Supt. Randy Weseman.
Devils stop Penguins for 2-1 series edge
May 18, 2001
Lots of odd-man rushes, plenty of breakaways and scoring chances. This is exactly how the Pittsburgh Penguins envisioned the Eastern Conference finals only not with the New Jersey Devils generating all the offense.
Inaugural gala’s debt leaves Missouri governor red-faced
May 18, 2001
Gov. Bob Holden cultivated an image as a careful money manager during two terms as Missouri treasurer before narrowly winning the governor’s office last year. But four months after spending nearly $1 million in mostly private money on an inauguration that treated several thousand visitors to a barbecue buffet, four dances and a gala emceed by actor Tony Randall, Holden’s inaugural committee is more than $417,000 in debt.
Biker nabbed for 160 mph in 40 zone
May 18, 2001
When Officer Maurice Burks’ radar gun registered 160 mph, his first reaction was disbelief. But a quick check of the device revealed that it was working properly and that it was time to hustle after a speeding motorcyclist.
Saints’ back stricken
Williams suffers from anxiety disorder
May 18, 2001
New Orleans Saints running back Ricky Williams has social anxiety disorder.
FBI agent explains document delay
May 18, 2001
The FBI agent at the center of a foul-up over Oklahoma City bombing documents told lawmakers that he waited for months to alert his superiors because he wanted to ascertain the magnitude of the problem, according to a memo on his meeting with lawmakers.
Kathie Lee returns to daytime
May 18, 2001
Kathie Lee Gifford has been busy this spring. She did sweeps guest spots on “Just Shoot Me” and “The Drew Carey Show.” Tonight, she hosts the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (8 p.m., NBC) honoring the year’s best talk shows, soap operas and daytime game shows. In short, all of the TV I don’t cover in this primetime column.
Briefcase
May 18, 2001
Kmart posts loss as it upgrades stores Dell profits near flat Three to be honored by KU business school Jobless claims continue to drop Citigroup to buy Mexico financial group
People
May 18, 2001
Bon Jovi advises graduates ‘Shrek’ gives lessons for life Celine returns in a big way Supermodel photo scam exposed
Country music museum opens
Everything from Elvis’ Cadillac to Junior Samples’ overalls on display
May 18, 2001
Country music stars and hundreds of fans rose to their feet to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” Thursday at the grand opening of a $37 million museum celebrating Nashville’s most famous export. Ricky Skaggs, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Eddy Arnold and Martina McBride were among the dozens of stars on hand for the outdoor ceremony in front of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Glass wins PBA Senior Open
Lawrence native trips Pappas in title match in Pennsylvania
May 18, 2001
Lawrence native Bob Glass extended his winning streak by capturing the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour Open title on Thursday at Colonial Hills Bowl.
Edith Gray
May 18, 2001
Twins’ Radke wins No. 7
Boston’s Cone exits early in first start of season
May 18, 2001
While David Cone’s comeback still needs a bit more work, Brad Radke keeps doing everything right.
Tate aiming for conference title
Kansas senior has league’s second-fastest time in steeplechase
May 18, 2001
By Gary Bedore Andy Tate feels a sense of urgency entering the 2001 Big 12 outdoor track and field championships. “I want to get that conference title. I’ve never had one,” said Tate, Kansas University’s senior 3,000-meter steeplechaser from Lake Elmo, Minn.
Earnhardts bonded at last Winston
After Dale Jr. raced from the back of the field to take checkered flag, Dale Sr. joined the fun in winner’s circle
May 18, 2001
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s greatest thrill in racing was winning The Winston, then having his father rush to the winner’s circle to help him celebrate.
Lawrence: The more it grows, the more it stays the same
Census figures reveal more dramatic ‘vital statistics’ changes in area towns
May 18, 2001
By Joel Mathis Lawrence grew dramatically during the 1990s, but according to figures to be released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, it didn’t change all that much. The median age of residents, ethnic ratios and levels of home ownership changed only slightly during the decade in Lawrence, despite the addition of nearly 15,000 people to the population base.
It’s best to give children freedom gradually
May 18, 2001
My sister’s daughter went off to college at 18 and immediately went a little crazy. She had always been a good child, but when she was on her own, she drank like a lush, was sexually promiscuous and flunked three of her classes.
Polygamy reveals hypocrisy
May 18, 2001
By Jane Eisner The Philadelphia Inquirer It’s easy to dismiss Tom Green and his abundant brood as a renegade relic of some distant patriarchal past. Living as he does with five wives, 25 children four more on the way, he boasts and a chip on his shoulder the size of the Wasatch Peaks, no wonder this guy delights in flouting convention.
Colombian guerrillas free hostages
May 18, 2001
Paramilitary fighters freed more than 200 plantation workers who walked home to safety Thursday after a bold kidnapping that illustrated the increasing power of the right-wing militia fighting guerrillas for control of Colombia’s countryside.
Simple tribute to free speech
May 18, 2001
By Ellen Goodman The Boston Globe Josh Wheeler walks me to the busy traffic island that separates the local Merrill Lynch office from the nondescript City Hall. On one side of the island, money talks. On the other side politics is debated.
Meatless wedding prompts comment from readers
May 18, 2001
President envisions 1970s solutions for 21st century issues
May 18, 2001
These are not the 1970s. Try as President Bush might Thursday to portray America’s energy troubles as a reprise of that decade’s problems, there are striking differences. Where once the country suffered a sudden cutoff of oil the result of the Arab oil embargo and the Iranian revolution now it has plenty.
Increase seen in single-father homes
May 18, 2001
More fathers are going solo in raising kids. It’s a change that single fathers say shows greater acceptance by American families and courts that sometimes the best place for children is with Dad.
Daily ticker
May 18, 2001
Religion briefs
May 18, 2001
Group plans summer prayer Jewish center honors high school seniors Veritas plans graduation, concert St. John’s to honor high school seniors Church plays host to health screenings
National briefs
May 18, 2001
No Powerball jackpot winner U.S announces aid plan for Afghanista Marijuana fugitive arrested after 23 years Engineer tried to stop runaway train
Military review may change officer promotion
May 18, 2001
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that he is considering some of the biggest changes in military personnel policy in half a century, including doing away with the “up or out” system that requires officers either to be promoted or to retire.
A Long, hard year
Jump to major college difficult for KU quarterback
May 18, 2001
By Gary Bedore Kevin Long hopped in his Acura coupe last August, waved goodbye to family and friends, and with belongings in tow, embarked on a 51/2-hour drive from Coralville, Iowa, to his new home Kansas University.
Cyclones stay alive
Iowa State eliminates Baylor, 6-5
May 18, 2001
Iowa State scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the final two on a two-out error, to beat Baylor, 6-5, in the Big 12 tournament Thursday.
Thousands expected at Jayhawk graduation
May 18, 2001
By Terry Rombeck More than 30,000 visitors are expected in Lawrence this weekend for Kansas University’s 129th annual commencement ceremony. Receptions and ceremonies honoring graduates begin today before Sunday afternoon’s commencement. “KU has a rather unique commencement,” KU spokesman Todd Cohen said. “It shows off the campus. It’s a very fun, celebratory event.
Western Resources executive questioned about utility finances
KCC opens hearings on rate-hike request
May 18, 2001
An executive of Western Resources Inc., testifying on a proposed $151 million rate increase, insisted Thursday that electric utilities are still the company’s primary business. But attorneys for Western’s customers suggested that the Topeka company made bad investments in other areas and wants its utility ratepayers to pick up the tab.
Science standards won’t be diluted
May 18, 2001
Despite declining numbers of qualified science teachers in rural school districts, the state Board of Regents was hesitant Thursday to ease science qualifications for its Kansas Scholars program. The board did not act on a staff recommendation to allow high school students to take physics or chemistry, rather than both as now required, as part of the program curriculum.
Kansas City sweeps Tampa out of town
May 18, 2001
Chad Durbin limited Tampa Bay to two runs and eight hits in seven innings on Thursday night as the Royals defeated the Devils Rays 4-2 at Kauffman Stadium. The victory gave Kansas City a three-game sweep its first of the season and moved the Royals (16-25) out of last place in the AL Central. Last year’s division champion, Chicago (14-24), moved into the cellar after Thursday’s loss to Seattle.
Briefly____________________
May 18, 2001
Snake donated to center A diamondback water snake has found a new home to delight and thrill young students. Tuesday, the Prairie Park Nature Center, near 27th and Harper streets, received the 4-foot snake courtesy of Joe Collins, KU herpetologist emeritus, and his wife, Suzanne. Collins is shown in the photograph above with the water snake. The couple brought the snake back from a recent field trip of the Kansas Herpetological Society. One of the society’s members caught the snake along the Marais des Cygnes River near the small town of Trading Post, about an hour and a half southeast of Lawrence. Marty Birrell, the center’s education supervisor, said the snake will be a good addition to the collection of native Kansas snakes. The center currently has 29 of the 35 snakes native to the state. “I don’t think Joe is going to rest until we have one of every native species,” she said. Joe Collins said he next hopes to find a replacement Eastern Hognose for the dark brown and yellow one that was taken in January from the center. The snake was valued at $1,200. __________________________ Kansas University: Faculty, staff board bus for whirlwind tour of Kansas The fifth-annual Wheat State Whirlwind bus tour for 40 faculty and staff at Kansas University begins today. The tour is aimed at allowing faculty and staff members and especially those new to Kansas to learn more about the state’s history, culture, economy and landscape. The tour begins today in Kansas City with stops at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the Midwest Research Institute, then continues in Topeka with tours of the capitol and meetings with state officials. The group will go Monday to Burlington, Independence and Sedan; Tuesday to El Dorado, Wichita, Yoder and Hutchinson; Wednesday to Garden City; Thursday to Nicodemus, Logan, Palco and Hays; and Friday to Lucas and Salina. __________________________ Education: Free State senior wins national academic honor Free State High School senior John Anderson is drawing raves for being silly and serious. Thursday, he was pictured in the Journal-World’s Mag dressed in a duct-tape prom suit. He also was listed Thursday in USA Today as an honorable mention selection on the 15th annual All-USA High School Academic Team. “That’s great. I’m pleased,” said Anderson, who plans to study music at Hertford College of Oxford University in England. His interests also include physics, foreign languages and literature. “He’s really a Renaissance man,” said Free State teacher Janette Schwartzburg, who nominated Anderson. “He’s so versatile and has so many gifts and talents.” USA Today received 1,655 nominations, of which 60 were divided equally among first-, second-, and third-place teams. More than 60 made the honorable-mention squad. Kansas was represented with a third-team selection and four honorable mention picks. __________________________ Accident: Worker falls one story but refuses treatment A man who fell Thursday morning from a building at a construction site in southwestern Lawrence refused treatment from emergency personnel, authorities said. The construction employee was working at a site just southwest of the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive. He fell one story but refused medical attention from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel who responded. A LifeFlight helicopter ambulance was dispatched to the scene but wasn’t needed. __________________________ Lawrence resident faces charge of stalking A Lawrence man was arrested for stalking and is scheduled to appear later this month in Douglas County District Court. Nick W. Raulston Jr., 28, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on an outstanding warrant. He is charged with one count of stalking a Lawrence woman, age unavailable. Charges were filed May 10 in the incident, which allegedly occurred Sept. 1, 2000, according to court records. Raulston this year pleaded guilty to vandalizing the woman’s vehicle on Jan. 21, court records indicate. He was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution and court costs. Raulston was released later Wednesday afternoon from the Douglas County Jail after posting $1,500 bond. A Lawrence man was arrested for stalking and is scheduled to appear later this month in Douglas County District Court. Nick W. Raulston Jr., 28, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on an outstanding warrant. He is charged with one count of stalking a Lawrence woman, age unavailable. Charges were filed May 10 in the incident, which allegedly occurred Sept. 1, 2000, according to court records. Raulston this year pleaded guilty to vandalizing the woman’s vehicle on Jan. 21, court records indicate. He was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution and court costs. Raulston was released later Wednesday afternoon from the Douglas County Jail after posting $1,500 bond.
Horoscopes
May 18, 2001