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FBI warns terrorists had plans involving fuel tankers
June 21, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 12:57 p.m.) WASHINGTON The FBI is advising law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for terrorists who possibly are plotting to use fuel tankers to attack Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.
Governor appoints three to Kansas Board of Regents
June 21, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:00 p.m.) Gov. Bill Graves on Friday named three people to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Israeli troops move into Nablus
June 21, 2002
(Updated Friday at 11:59 a.m.) Dozens of Israeli tanks rolled into the West Bank’s largest city early Friday, after Palestinian infiltrators seized a house at a nearby Jewish settlement and killed a mother, three of her children and a security officer.
Traiger services
June 21, 2002
Saddam strategy
June 21, 2002
Marie L. Koehler
June 21, 2002
Services for Marie L. Koehler, 84, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka. Mrs. Koehler died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at her home. She had leukemia.
Konzem, Kempf promoted
June 21, 2002
Richard Konzem and Gary Kempf have been promoted within the Kansas University athletic department.
Education cost
June 21, 2002
Directed gifts
June 21, 2002
To the editor: In the June 15 Journal-World, a letter to the editor (“Misdirected Funds”) suggested that “the powers that be” at the University of Kansas should convince private donors to use their contributions for “more justifiable purposes,” such as offsetting staff cuts resulting from state budget reductions.
6News video reports: A little girl is in critical condition after a tragic accident
June 21, 2002
7-year-old Anna Berthelsen’s life is in the balance after a terrible accident at the Grandview Triangle.
Rangers fire pitching coach
June 21, 2002
The struggling Texas Rangers fired pitching coach Oscar Acosta on Thursday night.
Bobblearm doll popular, but John refuses to sign
June 21, 2002
In 1999, the bobblehead doll craze was reborn with a giveaway of a Willie Mays doll by the San Francisco Giants.
Players, owners talk about drug testing
More sessions scheduled next week
June 21, 2002
Baseball players and owners discussed management’s plan to test for steroids and other drugs during Thursday’s negotiating session.
Berkman helps Houston avoid sweep
June 21, 2002
Lance Berkman made it clear that winning games is more important than individual success.
Quigley, Tanaka tied at GHO
Eye-popping 64s good for one-shot advantage
June 21, 2002
Brett Quigley and Hidemichi Tanaka put up an impressive best-ball number to top the crowded leaderboard in the Greater Hartford Open.
Konzem, Kempf promoted
June 21, 2002
Richard Konzem and Gary Kempf have been promoted within the Kansas University athletic department.
League approves safety nets
June 21, 2002
NHL arenas will have a different look next season as part of the league’s response to safety concerns for fans. Netting will be hung behind the goals following the death last March of a 13-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a puck.
NCAA enlarges vault mats
June 21, 2002
The NCAA, faced with three deaths in pole vault competition this season, has proposed rule changes that would expand the landing pad but not require the use of helmets.
Outlaws fall
June 21, 2002
Junction City pounded 20 hits and stopped Lawrence’s Outlaws, 20-4, on Wednesday in American Legion baseball.
K-State expected warning about Title IX
June 21, 2002
Kansas State officials weren’t surprised they were warned their athletic program is out of compliance with Title IX gender-equality rules because female athletes aren’t receiving a large enough share of scholarship money.
U.S. forestry employee enters plea of innocence
June 21, 2002
U.S. Forest Service employee Terry Barton pleaded innocent Thursday to charges she set the biggest wildfire in Colorado history.
Fire rips through Arizona
June 21, 2002
A fire in the tinder-dry forests of eastern Arizona raced through a hastily abandoned town Thursday, chasing firefighters off the line and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents as it quickly grew to 85,000 acres.
Kidnapping suspect believed dead
June 21, 2002
A top Abu Sayyaf leader linked to the kidnappings of Kansas missionaries and scores of other people was believed to have been killed in a firefight with government troops today, military sources said. Abu Sabaya was the most visible of the Muslim extremist group’s commanders, often calling up local media with demands and statements taunting the government. The military said it had been hot on his trail after a June 7 rescue of Martin and Gracia Burnham of Wichita, Kan. Martin Burnam and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap were killed and Gracia Burnham was wounded but freed.
CDC recommends against smallpox vaccine program
June 21, 2002
Concluding that the medical risks of the smallpox vaccine outweigh the threat of a potential outbreak, an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday decided not to recommend reinstating a national immunization program that would have made the vaccine available to the public.
New studies reveal promise of adult stem cells
June 21, 2002
Scientists Thursday presented the best evidence yet that both embryonic and adult stem cells can fulfill their promise to treat hopeless diseases that afflict millions of Americans. The advances should add to the debate raging in Congress over therapeutic cloning and stem cell research.
Marie L. Koehler
June 21, 2002
Alpha F. Clark
June 21, 2002
Domestic abuse victims to receive federal grant
June 21, 2002
Heart of America Family Services will receive a $323,111 grant to help victims of domestic abuse in rural Leavenworth County.
School official wary of retention plan
June 21, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Two new laws giving Kansas school districts freedom to expand teacher benefits likely won’t have immediate consequence in Lawrence, a local teachers’ union leader said Thursday.
Russell may ban ATVs from city streets
June 21, 2002
Confronted with sketchy laws about all-terrain vehicles and rising complaints about some ATV drivers’ skills, the Russell City Council is considering banning them from city streets. The council plans to review a proposed ordinance at its next study session and could act on the measure at its next meeting, in mid-July.
Juror’s snores prompt mistrial
June 21, 2002
A sleeping juror’s snores proved too much for fellow jurors and the judge, who declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged with first-degree murder. Wyandotte County District Judge John J. McNally dismissed the female juror Wednesday, the third day of Melvin D. Harris’ trial. Typically, the judge would have seated the alternate juror, but that juror had already been needed.
Official promoting KU during D.C. trip
June 21, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Kansas University researchers could benefit from the new Homeland Security Department, a KU official said Thursday.
It’s here: the dog days of summer
June 21, 2002
Today is the first day of summer the longest day of the year. From now until fall begins in mid-September, it’s dog days, vacations, swimming pools and barbecues.
Official decries school-only tax
June 21, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Fed up with what they see as paltry state aid, two Johnson County school boards have pushed their county commission into putting a special sales tax for schools on the Aug. 6 ballot. But no similar groundswell for special taxes exists in Douglas County, Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said. And if one emerged, he would oppose it.
Teen enters guilty plea in shootings
June 21, 2002
A teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for a shooting spree that left two dead at a suburban San Diego high school last year.
Colombian leader meets with Bush
June 21, 2002
President-elect Alvaro Uribe of Colombia emerged from the White House on Thursday declaring that he had found “great determination” in President Bush to help Colombia’s struggle against drug-financed terrorism.
Actors prepare for fantasy soap
June 21, 2002
In the rehearsal room at “Guiding Light,” several actors are practicing a musical number.
Hail damages about $6 million in wheat
June 21, 2002
A hailstorm in Reno County caused an estimated $6 million in damages to wheat crops and may prompt farmers to seek other crops to recoup some of their losses, agriculture experts say.
State commissioner says there’s plenty of offerings
June 21, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Kansans should be able to find affordable home insurance despite a decision by State Farm Insurance Co. Inc. to halt sales in Kansas and other states.
Trade deficit mushrooms to $35.9 billion
June 21, 2002
The U.S. trade deficit swelled to a record $35.9 billion in April as Americans’ appetite for foreign-made cars and consumer goods, such as television sets and clothes, hit monthly all-time highs. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the deficit was 10.7 percent higher than the $32.5 billion trade gap reported for March.
KU’s unclassified staff elects slate of officers
June 21, 2002
The Unclassified Professional Staff Assn. at Kansas University has elected its slate of officers for the 2002-2003 school year.
s plenty of offerings
June 21, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Kansans should be able to find affordable home insurance despite a decision by State Farm Insurance Co. Inc. to halt sales in Kansas and other states.
State launches fraud investigation into offer to register people for one-time $399 fee
June 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Kansas’ new “no-call” list has yet to get started, but already someone is trying to use it to trick people out of their money. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office on Thursday issued a consumer warning about telemarketing calls offering a service to verify placement on the no-call list.
s here: the dog days of summer
June 21, 2002
Today is the first day of summer  the longest day of the year. From now until fall begins in mid-September, it’s dog days, vacations, swimming pools and barbecues.
June 21, 2002
By Jon Niccum There’s an axiom in science-fiction that the reader/viewer will accept only one element that is a complete stretch of the imagination, and everything else must seem grounded in reality. If that’s how one judges Steven Spielberg’s latest futuristic tale, then the film is an unqualified success. The central idea of “Minority Report”  that a psychic task force is able to stop murders the instant before they happen  is difficult to swallow for a variety of ethical and conceptual reasons. But the rest of the movie is thoroughly persuasive in what life in 2054 might be like.
On the street
June 21, 2002
Asked on Massachusetts Street Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling that executing mentally retarded criminals is “cruel and unusual punishment”?
Kerr touts his experience in campaign stop
June 21, 2002
By Dave Ranney Among the four Republicans running for governor, Dave Kerr figures he’s the one with a bull’s-eye on his back. “As a legislator, I’ve cast some 13,000 votes,” he said. “With that kind of record, I suspect that just about anybody can find something to disagree with.”
School official wary of retention plan
June 21, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Two new laws giving Kansas school districts freedom to expand teacher benefits likely won’t have immediate consequence in Lawrence, a local teachers’ union leader said Thursday.
Convicted murderer up for parole
June 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Donald E. Alexander was an 18-year-old recent Lawrence High School graduate in August 1984 when he broke into an elderly woman’s home and raped and killed her.
Saddam strategy
June 21, 2002
To the editor: Pundits like William Safire and White House insiders like Vice President Cheney are setting the stage for a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, against the advice of key military leaders and the State Department. Without strong support from our allies, without a clear end game and with tensions running high around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, events in the region could easily spin out of control. Why isn’t President Bush listening to the people in his administration who have real military experience and depth in international affairs, like his Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Colin Powell?
Education cost
June 21, 2002
To the editor: I am writing out of concern about the recent fee increases in the Lawrence school district.
KU cuts
June 21, 2002
To the editor: What kind of university is this? They raise tuition, increasing revenues, while at the same time decreasing spending on everything cutting their bottom line. Has everyone forgotten that this is supposed to be a place of higher learning, not an environment fostering frivolous spending on overpriced and completely useless entrance signs and the fattening of administrative pockets. My only hope is that KU’s creative financing plans will decrease enrollment enough that I could actually find a parking spot!
coach still in demand
June 21, 2002
Three years ago, Herman Boone was just another retired high school football coach, well known in Virginia but nowhere else. Then the movie “Remember the Titans” came out and Boone’s 15 minutes of fame have to be measured by a calendar. “It’s been two years and my requests for speaking engagements have doubled,” Boone told me during an interview on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. “I’ve been to 104 cities. The only state I haven’t been to is Arkansas. I’ve been in Michigan 21 times and I’ll be going back.” Â Extra online-only video
6Sports video reports: Coaching legend “Remembers the Titans” at Haskell
June 21, 2002
James Sido reports on coaching legend Herman Boone, who is in town for the Native American All-Star game.
The Gotti overplay
June 21, 2002
J-W Editorials Something’s wrong when a miserable killer-racketeer gets so much attention. Something is wrong in a society that seems so eager to follow and even embrace a personality as sociopathic as the late John Gotti, the infamous organized crime leader in the East.
Horrible incident
June 21, 2002
Geneva Willey Buske
June 21, 2002
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Navigation error led to White House scare Royalty rates set for Internet broadcasts Senator seeks to lift ban on abortions
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Bush launches new fitness campaign Study: Global warming hastens disease spread AMA endorses 80-hour work week
Arts notes
June 21, 2002
Duo to perform concert of Scottish music Grammy panel to review demos
6Sports video reports: Raiders lose the first game in the Woodbat tournament
June 21, 2002
Ponca City manages to come in ahead of the Lawrence Raiders.
Ben Folds offers big picture on solo career
June 21, 2002
By Jon Niccum Ben Folds and a Piano. The words are already synonymous. But for the musician’s latest tour of the same name, he is making it clear to all the fans of his previous group, Ben Folds Five, that this is a solo deal. The wittily acerbic lyrics, contagious melodies and keyboard supremacy undoubtedly will remain but without the hammering bass and drums that made BFF the hippest pop trio of the ‘90s.
Births
June 21, 2002
Thomas Thorp and Kristen Cantrell, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday. Brian and Kari White, Lawrence, a girl, Thursday.
Sound off
June 21, 2002
I see that there are elections for some county offices in November. When are Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board elections? City commission and school board elections are slated for April 1, 2003. If a primary election is needed, it will be Feb. 25, 2003.
Crews begin cutting Douglas County wheat
June 21, 2002
By Mindie Paget Mike Craig spent Thursday afternoon driving from field to field on a combine looking for wheat dry enough to cut. “It’s not quite ready yet, I don’t think,” he said from his farm near Vinland.
s enrollment in post-war era
June 21, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Gene Haley left the Marines with dreams of a college education and few ideas about how to pay for it. Then he heard about the GI Bill of Rights.
Indiana, Sacramento win in WNBA
June 21, 2002
Nikki McCray scored 30 points and Tamika Catchings had 22 points, five assists and nine rebounds as the Indiana Fever snapped a three-game losing streak with an 81-72 victory over the Portland Fire on Thursday night.
Ming makes final offer to Sharks
Shanghai team expected to accept agreement with center
June 21, 2002
Chinese center Yao Ming and his agent made their final offer Thursday on how they would compensate the Shanghai Sharks if the Houston Rockets make him their No. 1 pick in the NBA draft next Wednesday.
Baseball briefs
June 21, 2002
Griffey Jr. rests ailing hamstring Cubs call Echevarria, send Ojeda down
Kansas City’s drought reaches seven games - Expos 5, Royals 4
Montreal takes advantage of blown save, two 11th-inning errors to win seventh straight
June 21, 2002
The Kansas City Royals could use some of the Montreal Expos’ good luck. Vladimir Guerrero scored on pitcher Scott Mullen’s throwing error in the 11th inning Thursday night as the Expos extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 5-4 victory against the Royals.
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Amnesty International says Pakistan violating rights Turkey takes control of peacekeeping force Mine blast kills 111 miners
Lawrence briefs
June 21, 2002
Suspect gets 63 months for methamphetamine charge Northwest Lawrence endures second night of power outage Suspect indicted on charges of porn, sexual phone calls Journal-World Web sites selected award finalists
Convicted murderer up for parole
June 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Donald E. Alexander was an 18-year-old recent Lawrence High School graduate in August 1984 when he broke into an elderly woman’s home and raped and killed her.
Suspect kills 2, self
June 21, 2002
A man shot his fiancee and her mother to death, wounded two others and then killed himself over the body of his wife-to-be Thursday in Freeland, a day after she told authorities she suspected him of molesting her 7-year-old daughter.
Ashcroft under fire over gay celebration
June 21, 2002
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, accustomed to being lambasted by liberal groups, found himself under fire Thursday from conservative Christians who are usually among his biggest supporters.
Unemployment plan scrapped amid dispute
June 21, 2002
A dispute with legislators over paying unemployment benefits is keeping the Department of Human Resources from spending $4 million in federal funds.
Program skyrockets KU’s enrollment in post-war era
June 21, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Gene Haley left the Marines with dreams of a college education and few ideas about how to pay for it. Then he heard about the GI Bill of Rights.
Dole, Ryun honor Kansan who authored GI Bill
June 21, 2002
There were four kids in Bob Dole’s family, but only he went to college, with help from the GI Bill of Rights. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 affected American society as no previous legislation had, helping millions of veterans go to college, find jobs and buy homes.
Attorney general warns of telemarketing no-call list scam
State launches fraud investigation into offer to register people for one-time $399 fee
June 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Kansas’ new “no-call” list has yet to get started, but already someone is trying to use it to trick people out of their money. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office on Thursday issued a consumer warning about telemarketing calls offering a service to verify placement on the no-call list.
Israeli tanks roll into West Bank city
Palestinian infiltrators kill five in Jewish settlement; Sharon calls up reserves
June 21, 2002
Dozens of Israeli tanks early today rolled into the West Bank city of Nablus, witnesses said, hours after the army said Palestinian infiltrators took over a house at a nearby Jewish settlement, killing five Israelis and wounding eight others. The move into Nablus came as Israeli troops kept a tight grip on other Palestinian towns following a new policy of retaliating for attacks by taking territory.
Justices rule against students’ right to sue
June 21, 2002
Students cannot sue schools and colleges that improperly release their grades or other personal information, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Court upholds laws that help patients get second opinions
June 21, 2002
A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that patients in 42 states could demand an unbiased second opinion when their HMO said no to a surgery or treatment.
Jolie, Powell join forces on behalf of refugees
June 21, 2002
A celebration of World Refugee Day Thursday brought together a unique diplomatic pair: Secretary of State Colin Powell and actress Angelina Jolie.
Accounting oversight plan gets SEC boost
Democratic leader calls proposal ‘toothless’
June 21, 2002
Federal regulators endorsed a Bush administration plan to tighten oversight of the accounting industry Thursday. But the Senate’s Democratic leader called it “a toothless tiger” that won’t reassure investors shaken by Enron’s collapse. The Securities and Exchange Commission opened to public comment a proposal creating an independent monitoring body to oversee the accounting industry and discipline auditors, replacing the current system in which the industry largely polices itself.
Daily ticker
June 21, 2002
KU cut
June 21, 2002
Directed gifts
June 21, 2002
Truth always catches up with cheaters
June 21, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald Last week, school officials in Piper, Kan., adopted an official policy on plagiarism with punishments ranging from redoing an assignment to expulsion. Unfortunately, all that comes too late to help Christine Pelton. She used to be a teacher. Taught biology at Piper High, to be exact. Then, last fall, she assigned her students to collect 20 leaves and write a report on them. The kids knew from the classroom syllabus a document they and their parents both signed that cheating would not be tolerated. Anyone who plagiarized would receive no credit for the assignment, which counted toward half their semester grade.
No charges to be filed in Clinton pardon case
June 21, 2002
The Justice Department Thursday declined to file charges in one of the more unusual cases of pardons and commutations issued by former President Clinton in his final days in office: allegations that the former president granted clemency to four Hasidic Jews after their tiny New York state community voted almost unanimously for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Lilo & Stitch’ recalls wonders of flatness
June 21, 2002
From “Toy Story” to “Shrek” to “Monsters, Inc.” to “Jimmy Neutron,” 3-D realism has been the hot trend in animation another entertainment-expanding innovation brought to us by the wonders of technology. But Disney’s latest release, “Lilo & Stitch,” is here to remind audiences of the pure pleasures of flatness.
Sci-fi drama is out of this world
June 21, 2002
Where do you go after the end of the world? That’s both the problem and the exciting possibility of the new science-fiction series “Odyssey 5” (9 p.m., Showtime).
Spielberg makes bold predictions in ‘Minority Report’
June 21, 2002
By Jon Niccum There’s an axiom in science-fiction that the reader/viewer will accept only one element that is a complete stretch of the imagination, and everything else must seem grounded in reality. If that’s how one judges Steven Spielberg’s latest futuristic tale, then the film is an unqualified success. The central idea of “Minority Report” that a psychic task force is able to stop murders the instant before they happen is difficult to swallow for a variety of ethical and conceptual reasons. But the rest of the movie is thoroughly persuasive in what life in 2054 might be like.
Ben Folds offers big picture on solo career
June 21, 2002
By Jon Niccum Ben Folds and a Piano. The words are already synonymous. But for the musician’s latest tour of the same name, he is making it clear to all the fans of his previous group, Ben Folds Five, that this is a solo deal. The wittily acerbic lyrics, contagious melodies and keyboard supremacy undoubtedly will remain but without the hammering bass and drums that made BFF the hippest pop trio of the ‘90s.
Winning the Title IX game
June 21, 2002
By Ellen Goodman Washington Post Writers Group Now that school is out, it’s time to sit down, kids, for another of those wonderful lectures about the bad old days: When we were your age, Ashley and Michael, boys were taught shop and girls were taught home economics.
Driver charged in 3-year-old’s drowning
June 21, 2002
The driver of a sport utility vehicle that plunged into a reservoir, killing one of seven children inside, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and other felonies. Robert Bruce Jr., 26, admitted this week that he not a female passenger was driving the SUV on June 11 when it went off a boat ramp at Cedar Bluff Reservoir in darkness, Trego County Sheriff Curt Bender said.
Southwest Junior High honor roll
June 21, 2002
Southwest Junior High School announces students who made honors during the spring semester of the 2001-2002 school year. Students who made the Principal’s List earned at least a 3.8 grade-point average with no grade lower than a B. Those who made the Honor Roll received at least a 3.2 GPA with no semester grade lower than a C.
Geneva Willey Buske
June 21, 2002
Funeral services for Geneva Willey Buske, 87, Lee’s Summit, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Buske died Thursday, June 20, 2002.
Southwest Junior High honor roll
June 21, 2002
Southwest Junior High School announces students who made honors during the spring semester of the 2001-2002 school year. Students who made the Principal’s List earned at least a 3.8 grade-point average with no grade lower than a B. Those who made the Honor Roll received at least a 3.2 GPA with no semester grade lower than a C.
s unclassified staff elects slate of officers
June 21, 2002
The Unclassified Professional Staff Assn. at Kansas University has elected its slate of officers for the 2002-2003 school year.
The Gotti overplay
June 21, 2002
J-W Editorials Something’s wrong when a miserable killer-racketeer gets so much attention. Something is wrong in a society that seems so eager to follow and even embrace a personality as sociopathic as the late John Gotti, the infamous organized crime leader in the East.
Traiger services
June 21, 2002
Private family services for George J. Traiger, 61, Lawrence, will be at a later date. Mr. Traiger died June 14, 2002, while visiting his daughter in Oxford, England.
Horrible incident
June 21, 2002
To the editor: The Journal-World article June 5 regarding the dog-fighting sickened and angered us. People who torture animals for sport are loathsome, twisted and pathetic excuses for human beings. It’s just unbelievable to us that someone can stoop to such barbaric behavior just for gambling. There are so many avenues for betting, poker games, slot machines, the lottery and pari-mutuel. We can’t help but think these people simply enjoy seeing an animal suffer. They didn’t even have moral courage to put the poor animals out of their misery, just dumped them out to die.
Texas reaches title game
June 21, 2002
The school that’s been to the College World Series more than any other is back in the title game for the first time in 13 years.
Ponca City topples Raiders in pool play, 4-2
June 21, 2002
By Mike Miller It was a case of too little offense, too late for the Lawrence Raiders, which surprised OK, dismayed coach Carl Brooks to no end. The 18-and-under Legion baseball team lost its opener in the Al Ice Memorial Woodbat Classic, 4-2, to Ponca City, Okla., on Thursday night at Free State High School. The switch from aluminum bats to wooden bats can sometimes sap an offense, but this blindsided Brooks.
Movie boon for Boone
Retired ‘Titans’ coach still in demand
June 21, 2002
Three years ago, Herman Boone was just another retired high school football coach, well known in Virginia but nowhere else. Then the movie “Remember the Titans” came out and Boone’s 15 minutes of fame have to be measured by a calendar. “It’s been two years and my requests for speaking engagements have doubled,” Boone told me during an interview on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. “I’ve been to 104 cities. The only state I haven’t been to is Arkansas. I’ve been in Michigan 21 times and I’ll be going back.” Extra online-only video
Partisanship greets security plan
Partisanship greets security plan
June 21, 2002
In the first flash of partisan dissent to President Bush’s homeland security plan, Democrats on Thursday assailed a provision that could allow leaders of the proposed new Cabinet agency to bypass federal personnel rules that protect civil servants.
Westar tree pruning vexes neighbors
Homeowner considering hiring private tree service
June 21, 2002
By Tina Terry There was a small crowd of city and utility company officials gathered Thursday beneath the trees at Steven Watts’ house.
People
June 21, 2002
Diana charity loses a mint Webber pays tribute to Bollywood Mandela seeks Olympic truce
Crews begin cutting Douglas County wheat
June 21, 2002
By Mindie Paget Mike Craig spent Thursday afternoon driving from field to field on a combine looking for wheat dry enough to cut. “It’s not quite ready yet, I don’t think,” he said from his farm near Vinland.
Executing retarded offenders outlawed
Landmark decision is first in a generation to narrow death penalty
June 21, 2002
In a landmark decision reflecting a new national debate on the death penalty, the Supreme Court on Thursday categorically ruled out the execution of the mentally retarded. The sweeping and unqualified 6-3 decision was the first in a generation to narrow the death penalty substantially, and legal experts said it signaled that the justices may curtail its use in some other situations as well.
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Six people burned as plane flies too low British banker killed in car bomb explosion Reports: Ex-president charged $1.7 million ‘Black Square’ painting unveiled at Hermitage
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Polygamist will waive right to jury trial Reporters fined for defying order Driver insane when he ran over victims Giuliani’s wife cites adultery in divorce filing
City golfers share 14th in KGA Junior Amateur
June 21, 2002
Lawrence’s Nathaniel Spencer and Spencer Wilson tied for 14th place in the KGA Junior Amateur golf championships Thursday at Winfield Country Club.
Polygraphs given in case of missing girl
June 21, 2002
Police have administered polygraph tests to a number of people both inside and outside 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart’s family, authorities said Thursday.
State Farm limits sales of homeowner policies
Company decision affects Kansas
June 21, 2002
Losses in State Farm Insurance Co.’s home insurance business have prompted the company to limit or even halt the sale of new homeowner policies in more than 20 states, including Kansas, where storms and other problems have caused claims to soar. Customers in those states who already have homeowner policies with State Farm will not be affected, the company said. Officials say State Farm, the nation’s largest home insurer, has policies on more than 15 million homes nationwide.
Briefly
June 21, 2002
Rebel’s widow lacks right to sue officials Court approves census technique
Pele sees potential of U.S. soccer
Brazilian legend believes youngsters key to improving sport in America
June 21, 2002
The United States is an underdeveloped nation. Just ask Pele.
Local briefs
June 21, 2002
St. John’s Mexican Fiesta to kick off with dinner, dance The 21st annual St. John’s Mexican Fiesta is set to get under way tonight. The party starts at 6 p.m. outside St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky., and lasts until 11 p.m. It continues Saturday at the same times. Admission is free. The fiesta includes the sale of authentic Mexican food prepared by St. John’s parishioners, musical entertainment and traditional Mexican dance by the St. John’s dancers. The fiesta is a church fund-raiser. ________ Kansas University: Police veteran retires A 33-year veteran of the Kansas University Public Safety Office has retired. Capt. Vic Strnad, who started at the Public Safety Office in 1969, worked his last day on Thursday. The department had a reception in his honor Wednesday afternoon. Strnad, 54, made his way through the ranks of the department, beginning as a patrol officer, working his way up to head of detectives and ending his career in charge of patrol. Strnad has been the only polygraph operator in Douglas County since 1984. He plans to use his retirement as an opportunity to “take it easy for a while.” ________ Recognition: KU researchers win grants Kansas University researchers have been awarded nearly $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants include the following: $200,000 to Eva Horn and Barbara Thompson, both associate professors of education, to study the knowledge and skills needed for early education teachers to be effective. $200,000 to Sean Smith, assistant professor of education, and Edward Meyen, professor of education, to create online learning modules for teachers and high-school students with disabilities. $200,000 to Don Deshler, professor of education, and Keith Lenz, courtesy associate professor of education, to develop software for a computer program to teach high school biology. $199,995 to Deshler and Jean Schumaker, associate director of KU’s Center for Research on Learning, to prepare teachers for education of students with disabilities. $199,987 to Ann Turnbull, professor of education, to prepare five doctoral students for leadership roles that focus on making improvements for students with severe disabilities and their families. ________ Schools: Ottawa teacher negotiations set to resume Monday Negotiations on a new contract for Ottawa public school teachers will resume Monday at district headquarters. The public meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Notice of the session was issued by the district because three school board members plan to attend the meeting. Two members are on the negotiations team, while the third will be present as an observer. Negotiators are attempting to finish work on a contract for the 2002-2003 school year. ________ Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.25 at Citgo, Total and Conoco on North Second Street. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.
Horoscopes
June 21, 2002
St. Louis pays tribute to Buck
June 21, 2002
Alan Douglas is among thousands of fans taking Jack Buck’s death a little hard.
Castillo keeps streak alive
Marlin’s single pushes mark to 34 straight games
June 21, 2002
Rain limited Luis Castillo to three at-bats, which was two more than he needed.
It’s always about money
Blame cold, hard cash NBA is raking in for all the early departures
June 21, 2002
A decade ago, maybe even five years ago, it would have been wrong ethically and logically to do what Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt are doing.
Kerr touts his experience in campaign stop
June 21, 2002
By Dave Ranney Among the four Republicans running for governor, Dave Kerr figures he’s the one with a bull’s-eye on his back. “As a legislator, I’ve cast some 13,000 votes,” he said. “With that kind of record, I suspect that just about anybody can find something to disagree with.”
Retired priest indicted on counts of child rape
June 21, 2002
A central figure in the sex abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of child rape and indecent assault for allegedly abusing four boys.
Islam reaches into U.S. prisons
June 21, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The mail brings a letter from a self-identified African-American prison inmate (several of the same type have arrived since Sept. 11). He predicts Islam will take over the world and America’s days are numbered.
Briefcase
June 21, 2002
Spain’s labor unions strike Atchison Casting shifts focus to regain profitability New colors to be added to redesigned $20 bill Earnings of local interest