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Baldwin student injured in shop class fight
May 24, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 4:55 p.m.) By Janet Reid, 6News reporter A Baldwin high school student was air-lifted today to the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., after he received severe head injuries Thursday afternoon during a fight in a shop class.
Democrats take control of Senate
May 24, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 9:48 a.m.) In a seismic shift of power, Democrats gained control of the Senate for the first time since 1994 when Vermont Sen. James Jeffords abandoned the Republican Party and declared himself an independent Thursday.
Vermont senator leaves Republican Party
Decision gives Democrats control of Senate
May 24, 2001
(Updated Thursday at 10:16 a.m.) Sen. James Jeffords bolted the Republican Party and declared himself an independent on Thursday. “Increasingly, I find myself in disagreement with my party,” he told cheering supporters.
TOP MUSIC
May 24, 2001
TOP MOVIES
May 24, 2001
NHRA Advance Auto Parts Nationals info
May 24, 2001
Last year, Gary Scelzi became the first Top Fuel driver to win seven races in a single season with his final-round victory over Doug Kalitta, breaking one of the oldest records in drag racing, one that had been stuck at six since 1985.
6Sports report: Lions prepare to host state tourney
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on what it takes to put together the 6A state baseball tournament. This is the second year that LHS is hosting.
6Sports report: Scott named LHS baseball MVP
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on Monday’s Lawrence High baseball banquet. At the ceremony, Lion junior Rob Scott was voted most valuable player by the rest of his team.
Football consideration
May 24, 2001
Big 12 Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said head football coaches in joint meetings with the athletics directors expressed an openness about considering both domed and open air stadiums for future Big 12 football title games
Art lessons
The Lawrence Arts Center provides a forum for works by Lawrence public school students
May 24, 2001
Photos by Melissa Lacey Local public school students show off their artistic merits.
Briefcase
May 24, 2001
Shoe designer pleads guilty to securities fraud SunTrust seeks to nullify Wachovia, First Union deal Johnson & Johnson to buy diabetes business Dillard’s profit falls
Stocks fall as investors take profits
May 24, 2001
Stocks fell Wednesday as investors, wary even in the midst of their resurgent optimism, decided to cash in profits from a market that has been rallying hard since early April. The pullback, which had been anticipated, ended the Nasdaq composite index’s six-session advance, its longest winning streak since February 2000.
Ford dealers hit with rush
Area dealerships compile waiting lists, await replacements
May 24, 2001
By Mark Fagan Anxious to replace those Firestone tires on a Ford Explorer, Expedition, Ranger or F-150 pickup? Get in line.
Cashing in early can be costly
30 percent of 401(k) participants cash out when switching jobs, survey says
May 24, 2001
By Mark Fagan Sure, that $2,000 check from the 401(k) at your last job looks tempting. Cash out, and at age 30 you might be able to pay off credit card debt, buy a new computer, take a vacation. But it’ll cost you now and down the road, financial adviser Roger Schenewerk says.
Next F1 race scheduled on Monte Carlo streets
It’s a crazy challenge,’ Coulthard says
May 24, 2001
From the snowcapped Alpine hills, the Formula One circuit has arrived at the not so sunny Mediterranean for its toughest race: the Monaco Grand Prix through the narrow streets of the principality.
6Sports report: Free State track at 6A meet
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the preparations of Free State High’s track team for the 6A state meet. Nick Ens and Joyia Chadwick share their thoughts.
6Sports report: NCAA tennis brackets
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on the pairings for the NCAA mens’ tennis championships in Athens, Georgia.
Jayhawk netters set for NCAA meet
May 24, 2001
Kansas University’s Quentin Blakeney will meet Tulane’s Michael Kogan today at the NCAA tennis championships.
Chiefs secure in AFC West
Hunt approved divisional realignment
May 24, 2001
Did anybody ever think for one minute the NFL would not give Lamar Hunt exactly what he wanted in the new divisional realignment?
6Sports report: Dylen Smith to play in Canada
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on Dylen Smith’s decision to join the Canadian Football League as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
6Sports report: Collison joins team USA
May 24, 2001
Kevin Romary reports on Nick Collison’s joining of team USA for international competition this summer in Japan.
Cubs’ Sosa misses his 12th game in five seasons
May 24, 2001
Sammy Sosa was out of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup Wednesday for a second straight day because of tightness in his lower back.
NHL briefs
May 24, 2001
Injured defenseman hopes to return for finals Montreal’s Traverse signs three-year deal
Colorado’s past, present to clash in Stanley Cup
May 24, 2001
Chris Drury was a history major at Boston University, so the question seemed appropriate.
Pierce pulls out of French Open with bad back
No. 17-ranked Frenchwoman reigning champion of Grand Slam tennis tournament
May 24, 2001
A 6-by-9-foot poster of Mary Pierce is the only way fans will get to see the reigning French Open champion at Roland Garros this year. Citing a back injury, Pierce withdrew from the Grand Slam tournament Wednesday, less than a week before it starts. She lost in the first round of the Strasbourg Open on Tuesday.
Friends and neighbors
May 24, 2001
Plan would put Reno County back in 4th District
May 24, 2001
A decade after Reno County was moved into the same congressional district as farming counties out west, a new proposal to reunite it with its more urban neighbors like Wichita has drawn both the ire and support of local residents. This latest redistricting plan put together by state Sen. Anthony Hensley and Rep. Troy Findley would move Reno County back into the 4th Congressional District. It is now in the massive 1st Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran.
Graves OKs tax increase on insurance companies
Measures signed to help close gap in state budget
May 24, 2001
An increase in taxes for insurance companies and another part of the Legislature’s budget package will become law because Gov. Bill Graves has signed two bills. Both proposals were part of a package drafted to close a $206 million gap between expected revenues and spending approved in early April for the state’s 2002 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Task force begins to refine policy on tax abatements
May 24, 2001
By Joel Mathis The Economic Incentives Task Force, charged with studying city tax abatements, got down to business Wednesday, going through Lawrence’s tax-abatement policy page by page.
Planning commission
May 24, 2001
‘Big box’ proposal OK’d Annexation approved along West Sixth Street
Planning commission seat remains center of contention
May 24, 2001
Fallout continued a day after the Lawrence City Commission rejected Mayor Mike Rundle’s appointment of smart-growth proponent David Burress to replace Lawrence architect Paul Werner on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Teachers consider salary offer
May 24, 2001
By Tim Carpenter The rubber met the road Wednesday in Lawrence teacher contract negotiations.
James E. Connett
May 24, 2001
Christine Taylor
May 24, 2001
Guthrie services
May 24, 2001
State briefs
May 24, 2001
Governor signs school-finance bill Burn victim set self on fire, police say Life sentence given in Atchison homicide Top schools name
Lawrence briefs
May 24, 2001
Husband reportedly strikes wife with gun Police search for teen in coffee pot case Free State student to give clarinet recital
Cement-mixer truck rollover injures driver
May 24, 2001
By Mike Belt A driver had to be rescued Wednesday when a cement-mixer truck overturned at a sewer line construction site in northwest Lawrence. The back of the truck slid off a dirt pathway at one end of a widened 10-foot deep ditch where a sewer line is being installed.
County commission briefs
May 24, 2001
Volunteer firefighters get temporary vehicle permits Residents to have pick of corn mazes this year Baldwin seeks assistance in relocating water lines
Stronger warnings on alcohol considered
May 24, 2001
Warning labels on beer, wine and liquor would be easier to find and read under rule changes being considered by federal regulators.
Placebo effect’ discredited
May 24, 2001
Surprising new evidence has called into question the existence of the “placebo effect,” the widely accepted principle that people with various illnesses will often improve if given a dummy pill or a sham treatment.
Leno’s monologue adviser moves on after 9 years
May 24, 2001
In his nine years at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Jim Brogan helped craft a few thousand monologues and probably helped oversee as many as 45,000 jokes work that earned him the job title of “vice president in charge of monologues.”
Sopranos’ hits high note on Italian TV
May 24, 2001
Stuck in a midweek, midnight time slot, it looked like curtains for “The Sopranos” in Italy.
Hjersted services
May 24, 2001
Senate power shift looms
May 24, 2001
When President Bush sat down Tuesday afternoon in front of the Oval Office fireplace with Sen. James Jeffords, he posed the question directly. “Is there anything I or my administration has done to make you feel slighted?” Bush asked the Vermont Republican. “No,” Jeffords replied, according to White House aides.
Head injury funds
May 24, 2001
Planning balance
May 24, 2001
Rollover ratings released for consumer comparison
May 24, 2001
The government released rollover risk ratings for 15 light trucks on Wednesday, the fourth set in a campaign to warn shoppers that some vehicles are more likely than others to flip in a crash.
Powell begins African journey
May 24, 2001
Citing an “emotional connection” to the continent of his forefathers, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived here Wednesday to open a four-nation swing meant to underscore Africa’s importance to the Bush administration.
Voices of dissent heard at Vatican
May 24, 2001
A leading cardinal hurled a stinging criticism at the Roman Catholic hierarchy Wednesday, saying the Vatican “does not allow a real culture of debate” among bishops and that many are “scared” to challenge official policies because of careerism or pressure from above.
College placement test question leaked
May 24, 2001
Some high school students may have had an advance look at an essay question from a college placement exam taken this month, according to the Educational Testing Service, which is investigating the security breach.
$24 billion education plan gains House approval
May 24, 2001
In a boost to President Bush’s domestic agenda, the House approved sweeping education legislation Wednesday that for the first time would tie federal aid to improvements in students’ test scores.
Carrie Andrews
May 24, 2001
Stint as broadcaster made Luyendyk long for return to racing
Retirement over for two-time Indy champ
May 24, 2001
Arie Luy-endyk’s second thoughts about retirement turned to regret as he sat in the broadcast booth watching the Indianapolis 500 last May.
Thomas primed for Topeka test
May 24, 2001
With two national events behind the wheel of the NHRA’s newest Pro Stock Pontiac Grand Am under his safety belts, veteran driver Mike Thomas believes he is closing in on a championship tune-up that will return him to his rightful place among the sport’s elite.
Active leadership needed on Mideast
May 24, 2001
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group The Middle East is a land of veils and mirages. Its illusions lure American presidents into policy zig-zags instead of coherent, sustainable courses of action. President Bush’s challenge is to break the cycle of confusion and put U.S. interests, broadly defined, first.
Georgia captures men’s tennis title
May 24, 2001
Georgia, which failed to even qualify for the tournament last year, won the NCAA men’s tennis title Wednesday, beating Tennessee 4-1 in a matchup of Southeastern Conference rivals.
Baseball briefs
May 24, 2001
Boone says Griffey making progress Twins’ Redman shelved by strained muscle Bohanon eager to rejoin Rockies Pirates’ Benson has elbow surgery
L.A.’s Brown overcomes injury
Bonds’ home run streak ends, but so does Giants’ skid
May 24, 2001
It would take more than a minor rib injury to keep Kevin Brown from bouncing back from his worst start of the season.
Yanks too tough for Cone
New York defeats Red Sox, ex-teammate
May 24, 2001
David Cone was successful in tuning out the crowd and the distractions in his Yankee Stadium return until Derek Jeter flashed him a smile before batting in the first inning
Parting shot
May 24, 2001
Lind services
May 24, 2001
Services for Rita K. Lind, 57, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery, Chanute. Mrs. Lind died Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at her home.
James Connett Obituary
May 24, 2001
James Connett Graveside services for James E. Connett, 76, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.
State high school baseball pairings
May 24, 2001
High School State Pairings CLASS 6A
City cycling results
May 24, 2001
City Results SEPUSA Mountain Bike Results
Nation briefs
May 24, 2001
School shooting victim files $250,000 claim Officer killed in shootout with drug suspects
Nation briefs
May 24, 2001
Tic-tac-toe-playing chickens kidnapped Education Department fraud charges filed Ashcroft reaffirms gun rights stance
Nation briefs
May 24, 2001
Smithsonian unveils revamped Triceratops Army base protesters jailed for trespassing
Color schemes
Hendricks-Backus dabbles with paint and light
May 24, 2001
By Mitchell J. Near Lauretta Hendricks-Backus is a fixture in the Lawrence art community, though she would never admit it herself. When she considers her own work, she always thinks of what she’s not getting done. To onlookers, however, she’s accomplishing plenty with the swipe of her brush.
Film Review - ‘The Widow of St. Pierre’
The Widow of St. Pierre’ puts historic edge on capital punishment
May 24, 2001
By Dan Lybarger French director Patrice Leconte has made a habit of twisting the world out of recognizable shape. In “The Girl on the Bridge” he made the outlandish seem not only plausible, but also commonplace, and in “Ridicule” he delightfully blurred the definitions of folly and wisdom.
People
May 24, 2001
‘Baywatch’ star reminisces Now, ‘Voyager’ says adios Country singers found innocent ‘Frasier’ gets sidewalk star
Foyt fixture at Indy
Sunday will mark icon’s 43rd race
May 24, 2001
Professor A.J. Foyt has called the class to order in the most appropriate of locations his garage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Glass settles for 16th
May 24, 2001
BOWLING Glass settles for 16th
Brown named NBA Coach of Year
Smith’s appearance surprises former North Carolina player
May 24, 2001
Larry Brown answered a question, heard the crowd buzzing, turned around and got one of his biggest surprises this season.
Woods missed golden opportunity
Saying no to appearance fees would make sense for world’s top golfer
May 24, 2001
What a guy. What a week.
Rural eager for rematch with Lawrence
May 24, 2001
By Steve Rottinghaus Washburn Rural remembers. A year ago at the Class 6A regional final at Ice Field, the Junior Blues were on the brink of qualifying for the state baseball tournament until a late Lawrence High rally denied them.
Attorney: Western customers would pay twice
May 24, 2001
Western Resources Inc. may be asking its customers to pay more than once for a power plant built in Missouri, a Kansas consumer advocate alleges. Questions about the company’s new power plant near Joplin, Mo., arose Wednesday during the fifth day of a hearing before Kansas utility regulators on Western’s request to increase electric rates by $151 million.
Friends’ bike trip calls awareness to drunken driving
May 24, 2001
By Matt Merkel-Hess Two Lawrence residents left Wednesday from the parking lot of Old Chicago restaurant for the journey of a lifetime: A bike ride across America.
Baldwin seeks cooperation with county for business park
May 24, 2001
By Joy Ludwig Baldwin city officials are interested in helping the county solve a problem if they can get a business park located near their city. During Wednesday’s Douglas County Commission meeting, Baldwin Mayor Ken Hayes said he is interested in working with the county to create a business park in which the county’s Type III rural home-businesses could relocate.
Lawrence firefighter tries to block convict’s release
May 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Firefighter Jim Davies says his fallen comrade, Mark Blair, would have given his life to save a stranger. That’s why on Friday Davies will be in Topeka, telling the Kansas Parole Board why David P. Winebrenner the man who set the fire that killed Blair shouldn’t be released from prison.
State SLT timeline draws fire
County commissioner faults KDOT for too little detail
May 24, 2001
By Joy Ludwig State highway officials have released their schedule for construction of the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway. But the timeline drew fire from County Commissioner Charles Jones, who said it had too little detail to suit him.
Charitable giving tops $203 billion
May 24, 2001
Americans were more charitable last year, with a few high-tech billionaires leading the way. Total charitable giving in the United States amounted to more than $203 billion in 2000, an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year, according to a report issued Wednesday by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel.
Dalai Lama’s D.C. trip irks China
May 24, 2001
President Bush extended a carefully measured welcome to the Dalai Lama on Wednesday despite complaints from China. He said he supported the exiled Buddhist leader’s efforts to begin talking with Chinese leaders about preserving Tibet’s religious and cultural identity.
Arts Notes
May 24, 2001
Texas alliance seeks poetry entries Westminster bell choir to perform Tuesday Peanuts characters to visit toy museum White alligators on display at zoo
What Are You Reading?
May 24, 2001
Out of Bounds: Riding the life cycle
Swedish racing phenomenon Nathalie Visser rediscovers her calling in Lawrence
May 24, 2001
By Seth Jones It’s amazing where life takes us. I wonder if Nathalie Visser ever imagined life would lead her to the Hy-Vee parking lot in Lawrence.
Word of Mouth: Cavalcade of Sports
New chef and cool atmosphere give Sports Page Brewery a competitive edge
May 24, 2001
By Diane Frook Huge reproductions of newspapers at the Sports Page Brewery sports and front pages show banner headlines proclaiming the Chiefs, the Royals and the Jayhawks champions in their respective arenas. Especially since breweries have such a brief modern history in Kansas, I found it admirable that Sports Page can display such a sense of history, particularly as it tries fairly successfully to overcome its own recent past of extremely average food.
Film Review - ‘The Luzhin Defence’
Nabakov’s story of reclusive chess master goes overboard
May 24, 2001
By Dan Lybarger Vladimir Nabokov’s writing was so fluent that he could switch languages and maintain his eloquence. His internal narratives, however, don’t always translate well to the screen. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of “Lolita” is darkly hilarious, but it feels little like the more romantic book, even though Nabokov himself wrote the script.
Film Review - ‘Pearl Harbor’
Pearl Harbor’ offers a thrilling action centerpiece but little else of substance
May 24, 2001
By Loey Lockerby It’s difficult not to feel a little sorry for Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. They try so hard to make “Pearl Harbor” into a stirring, emotional epic that you can practically see them sweating just out of camera range during every scene. But these guys make big, dumb action movies like “Armageddon” and “The Rock,” and they just don’t have it in them to pull off a “Titanic” or “Saving Private Ryan.”
Exclusive Online Profile: Cathy Tisdale
Ceramic artist finds inspiration in the forms of the sea
May 24, 2001
By Michael Newman Cathy Tisdale lives about 4 miles of gravel road off of the paved highway northbound out of Lawrence. Her home and her studio overlook lush, rolling valleys that make you wonder if you’re still in Kansas. Visitors are greeted by a friendly old dog no more welcoming than Tisdale herself. Her studio is small, just half of a garage building she and her husband built, the other half houses his tools and workshop.
Bring the noise
Lawrence’s Bombsquad gets ready to blow up the Midwest hip-hop scene
May 24, 2001
By Geoff Harkness Some groups employ a casual approach toward making music, but Bombsquad is a band that takes its art seriously. Very seriously.
Dirty money a possible health hazard
May 24, 2001
It has been in other peoples’ mouths, under their fingernails, on bathroom floors and dropped in puddles on the street.
Nation briefs
May 24, 2001
Marijuana forfeiture ordered Immigrants die in deser Lutheran bishop told to resign Red Cross to hike blood prices
Ben Beaver Obituary
May 24, 2001
Ben Beaver Morris, Okla. — Memorial services for Ben Beaver, Morris, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel, Morris.
Day-care provider should show father to the door
May 24, 2001
Horoscopes
May 24, 2001
Short stuff
May 24, 2001
Stick to it: Lacrosse is hot Study: Part-time work often doesn’t work for mothers Tips for making great photo T-shirts
Daily ticker
May 24, 2001
Spurs need Anderson to beat Los Angeles
May 24, 2001
Derek Anderson’s dad was long gone when his mom took off for two days without leaving any word, or food. The 12-year-old future NBA star marched to the candy store, asked for work and bought himself a big meal of fried chicken.
Durbin wins again
KC snaps Oakland’s seven-game win streak
May 24, 2001
Chad Durbin waited a long time to even his score with the Oakland Athletics. With a disappointing start last season in Oakland still in mind, the rapidly developing right-hander pitched the Kansas City Royals to a 4-1 victory over Oakland that snapped the A’s seven-game winning streak.
Switch would diminish Kansans’ clout in Senate
May 24, 2001
By Scott Rothschild Kansas’ clout in the U.S. Senate would slide down a sizable notch if Vermont Republican James Jeffords defects to the independent ranks as expected. Jeffords is expected to announce today that he is leaving the GOP.
Evidence seized in stabbing case under analysis
Report says knife, bloody shirt being examined in case involving death of KU student
May 24, 2001
By Matt Merkel-Hess Police investigating the stabbing death of a Kansas University student in Golfito, Costa Rica, have seized an apparently blood-soaked T-shirt and a kitchen knife, a Costa Rican daily newspaper reported. La Nacion newspaper reported the discovery came Tuesday when police searched three houses near Golfito as part of their continuing investigation into the May 13 killing of KU student Shannon Martin.
Movie Listings
May 24, 2001
Conscious party
Kansas City’s Seven Fold Symphony avoids negative rap stereotypes
May 24, 2001
By Geoff Harkness With the possible exception of The Roots, rap is not a musical style typically associated with live bands. Early pioneers of the genre couldn’t afford traditional instruments and created new forms of music by turning record players into whole bands, spinning vinyl into orchestras. Seven Fold Symphony is here to put the music back into rap, a strategy that begins in the rehearsal room.
This weekend’s events
May 24, 2001
Indianapolis 500 Coca-Cola 600 Carquest Auto Parts 300 Monaco Grand Prix Advance Auto Parts Nationals
Rita Lind
May 24, 2001
Joseph Flaherty
May 24, 2001
Former senator confirmed as Japan ambassador
May 24, 2001
Former Sen. Howard Baker won unanimous Senate approval Wednesday to be ambassador to Japan, just hours after telling his confirmation hearing he is confident that the record $80 billion trade deficit with Japan will go down.
WWII film blurs ‘enemy’ lines
Asian-Americans fear ‘Pearl Harbor’ may reawaken old hatreds
May 24, 2001
Coming to a theater near you: the three-hour, $135 million, torpedo-dropping, ship-exploding blockbuster, “Pearl Harbor.”
World briefs
May 24, 2001
Warriors surrender weapons to U.N. troops Kashmir cease-fire off, Pakistan offered talks Panel accuses enemies of president’s killing Activist Sharpton jailed for Vieques protests
Seven Questions with Leon Redbone
May 24, 2001
By Jon Niccum Contrary to most performers, Leon Redbone is more myth than man.
Nation briefs
May 24, 2001
Kitchen knife prompts student’s arrest 2 pipe bombs detonated safely Publisher Forbes mulls Senate bid Poll: Nuclear power gaining support
Calendar
May 24, 2001
Power plays
Earnhardt takes top spot of sport’s 15 most influential people
May 24, 2001
Earnhardt. The name and the image loom larger than ever.
Seles exits early in Spain
De los Rios turns back top seed in opening match
May 24, 2001
Monica Seles was eliminated in her opening match at the Spanish Open, losing to Paraguay’s Rossana de los Rios 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Wednesday.
Collison to play for USA
Jayhawk forward to compete in Japan
May 24, 2001
By Gary Bedore Nick Collison has decided to wear the Red, White and Blue. Again. Collison, Kansas University’s 6-foot-91/2, 245-pound junior basketball forward from Iowa Falls, Iowa, this week accepted a personal invitation from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to play for the 2001 USA World Championship for Young Men team.
Geography Bee winner maps out success plan
May 24, 2001
A 14-year-old who loves to travel and would like to protect the sites of classical antiquity turned a third try into success Wednesday, winning the 2001 National Geographic Bee. Kyle Haddad-Fonda of Shoreline, Wash., triumphed by knowing that a region of melting and evaporation in the lower portion of a glacier is called the zone of ablation.
Senate delivers $1.35 trillion tax-cut plan
May 24, 2001
With a dozen Democrats joining in, the Senate passed an 11-year, $1.35 trillion tax relief package Wednesday that represents the largest tax cut in two decades and matches the priorities President Bush has been pushing since his campaign for the White House. House and Senate negotiators immediately began meeting to work out a final compromise, which Republican leaders are scrambling to get on the president’s desk by the end of the week.
CD Reviews
May 24, 2001
Briefly_____________________________
May 24, 2001
Memorial Day: Deputies on lookout for drunken drivers Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will begin the Memorial Day weekend by searching for drunken drivers near Lone Star Lake. Officers will set up a sobriety checkpoint from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at the intersection of County Road 1 and County Road 458. The checkpoint is part of a Kansas Department of Transportation grant program for highway safety. Officers arrested five people for DUI violations during checkpoints Feb. 4 and April 22 in Douglas County. ____________________ Military: New commander named at Fort Leavenworth Fort Leavenworth will get a new garrison commander in mid-June. Col. Kurt A. McNeely will take over as commander June 18. He will come to Leavenworth from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. McNeely succeeds Col. Frank Bohle, who relinquished command during a ceremony Tuesday at Fort Leavenworth. Bohle, who assumed command of the garrison in 1999, is being reassigned to the Pentagon, where he will be chief of the Special Operations Division on the Army staff. ____________________ Expansion: Police divisions begin move to new offices across town Some Lawrence Police officers began their cross-town move this week. The department’s training, detective and special projects divisions should be in their new offices at 4820 W. 15th St. by June 1, Det. John Lewis said. Some “nonessential” equipment such as boxes of paperwork already have been moved to the new offices. The 13,000-square-foot building is the former site of PSI Laboratories. It was purchased by the city to give the Police Department more space. ____________________ Congress: Moore, Moran appointed to Eisenhower commission U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have been appointed to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The appointments were made by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. The commission was established to consider and formulate plans for a permanent national memorial to native Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and later became president. The commission will consist of four members of the Senate, four members of the House and four appointees of the president. Moore represents the state’s 3rd District; Moran, the 1st District. ____________________ Kansas University: Undergraduate classes planned at Edwards campus Kansas University will offer bachelor’s degree programs in English and biology this fall at its Edwards Campus in Johnson County. “These programs are intended to provide working professionals in greater Kansas City who have two years of college the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree from KU,” said Bob Clark, vice chancellor at the Edwards Campus. The new programs are being offered to meet the demands of the area’s employers and working adults, Clark said.