Stories for July 2001

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Tuesday, July 31

Attorney sees comedian's drinking as factor in abuse case

Comedian Paula Poundstone's drinking problem will definitely be a factor in her defense against the child abuse case she is facing, her attorney said Monday.

People

La Salle discharges self from 'ER' Jolie returns to Cambodia Charlie's Angel home on the block Graham visits stomping grounds

Soaps struggle for young viewers

Daytime TV resorts to unusual plotlines and diverse characters as it loses advertising dollars

Babies are born, disappear and come back a couple of years later as troubled teen-agers. A Latino fashion designer is introduced into an all-white cast. A doll becomes human.

Welty's attic may contain posthumous treasures

Eudora Welty, who died last week at age 92, published no new fiction after 1973. But she spent years typing away, raising the tantalizing possibility that there is unpublished work sitting in her attic.

Monday, July 30

Networks discover copies of nostalgic shows gone forever

As it pulls together a September special about its half century of late-night TV, NBC is struggling with a Dark Age of television.

People

Lynyrd Skynard bassist dies This old house Still winning awards Par for the course

Just for Kicks

Jason Smith/Journal-World Photo Dominique Hulum, 11, performs his "Tai Guek 8" form for judges during the Tae Kwon Do competition. He was participating in the Sunflower State Games on Sunday at the KU Ballroom.

Obscure Miller play experiences revival

On Nov. 23, 1944, a drama called "The Man Who Had All the Luck" opened on Broadway to downbeat if not entirely discouraging reviews.

'Apes' rules box office for a record-setting debut

Primates inherited the box office from dinosaurs with what looks to be a record debut.

Sunday, July 29

'Apes' series has long history

Here is a list of "Planet of the Apes" movie and television productions.

Monkeying around with a sci-fi movie

Fox's new $100 million 'Planet of the Apes' continues franchise

Sure, going ape sounds sane now. Greenlighting an updated version of "Planet of the Apes" is an easy call for a studio chief today, based on the success of its ancestor. In 1967, though, a movie mogul could fear it would make a monkey out of him. Richard D. Zanuck, the then youthful head of production at 20th Century Fox, received a request from publicist Arthur P. Jacobs for an appointment.

Arts notes

Nelson-Atkins receives arts council grant Conference on murals kicks off Friday

Bookstore

'John Henry Days' falls short of expectations

By Abby Swift Special to the Journal-World Colson Whitehead's latest release, "John Henry Days" (Doubleday, 389 pages, $24.95), is an ambitious novel spanning American history from the Reconstruction to the eve of the 20th century. Myriad aspects of American society fall prey to Whitehead's cutting wit as he traces the development of pop culture and examines themes of subtle and overt racism over the decades. The broad scope of the work is alternately riveting and dizzying as the scenes and stories blend and often clash.

Presidential portraits

Book captures Ronald Reagan's life, relationship with wife

We don't see current photographs of Ronald Reagan anymore. The image of the former film actor who ascended in politics to capture the ultimate post the U.S. presidency has disappeared. Reagan, one of only three presidents to reach 90, has withdrawn from public life, contending with old age and Alzheimer's disease.

Taking the Lied

New director is already setting his sights on the future

By Jan Biles Tim Van Leer, the new executive director of the Lied Center, will finish his first month on the job Thursday. He's jumped feet first into his work, and is learning about the culture of Lawrence and Kansas University and how it differs from that of El Camino College Center for the Arts in California, where he was last employed as executive director.

Arts notes

Old photographs on display at Carnegie Sweet summer: Those were the best days of my life Ottawa contest features sculptures made in a day Barbershop quartet to appear at acoustic show 'Star Wars' exhibit stopping at Cosmosphere

Getting their kicks

Fighting fire by air

Look, up in the sky

Let's dance

People

Rodman isn't paying "West Wing" cast gets raise Duvall cast as Robert E. Lee No teens for Janeane

'Masterpiece' tackles NFL on its move to Mondays

"Masterpiece Theatre" leaving Sundays? Unthinkable. What'll they move next, church? The truth is, however, that PBS' second most-famous series (after "Sesame Street") will be up against "Monday Night Football" when it starts its 31st season Oct. 8 with a new production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."

Satchmo Summerfest celebrates jazz great's 100th

Although three decades have passed since Louis Armstrong's death, his importance to this city only seems to be growing. So officials are making a big effort to mark the jazz legend's 100th birthday next month.

Cambodia's terror revisited by rapper

Saturday, July 28

Madonna, husband will team on movie

Madonna will star in her husband Guy Ritchie's next film, a spokesman for the British director said Friday. Ritchie will direct his wife of eight months in a remake of the 1975 Italian love story "Swept Away" in a marked departure from his last two films "Snatch," which came out this year, and 1998's "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels" both gritty, black comedies set in the criminal underworld.

Sunflower State Games back in action

Lawrence Kansas Connection's Brad Hoenig, with ball, fends off Bruin defenders Jeremy Montgomery, left, and Kelly Gracy as Kansas Connection's Ryan Ross, left, looks on. The Lawrence team beat the Bruins, 60-57, in a Sunflower State Games 19-and-over basketball game on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Bovine security

Sunny, with showers

People

Kennedy son bears protest name Oxnard police offer post to Shaq Prince's bodyguard not so handy Freezing up for five questions

Magazine for young Jews causing stir with its name

'Heeb' in development stage in New York

In the recent tradition of gay people calling themselves "queer" and rappers making free use of the "n-word," a group of twenty-something Jews says it plans to put out a new magazine called Heeb. "I want there to be something that speaks to me," said Jennifer Bleyer, 25, a free-lance writer who is the magazine's editor and publisher.

All-Starr Band hits the road

Former Beatles drummer continues to have fun touring

Virtually all performers over 30, when asked how they like touring, say they love the stage and hate the road. As Bob Seger once remarked, it's one thing to help open a hotel and another thing to stay around long enough to close it. Ringo Starr, 61 and a grandfather, echoes that sentiment.

Friday, July 27

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney announces engagement

Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled.

People

Hepburn leaves hospital L.A. confidential Love shack Another wedding for Andie

'Exhausted' Mariah Carey checks herself into hospital

Mariah Carey has checked herself into a hospital for "extreme exhaustion," her spokeswoman said Thursday.

Music groups fight to stay relevant

Pop acts, wary of giving up the spotlight, put out more records faster

Time was, pop stars who hit it big would ride out the success of an album and then lie low for awhile, presumably restoring their creative energies and also whetting the public's appetite for the next record.

Thursday, July 26

Parting shot

Just touching the surface

Like father, like son

Aaliyah scores with bouncy funk, killer choruses

Five years between albums is an eternity almost an absurdity for a young R&B chanteuse such as Aaliyah. But there it is; for five long years the singer has managed to pick her spots and keep her name in the public's consciousness.

ESPN airs outdoor games

You know you're deep in the heart of summer when ESPN begins airing its "Great Outdoor Games" (7 p.m., ESPN). Tonight through Aug. 4, ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast outdoorsy events involving fishing rods, rifles, running dogs, rolling logs, tree climbing and chain-sawing as fast as humanly possible.

The Jacksons to do show

For those keeping score at home, The Jacksons reunion is now in. The Jackson 5 reunion is out.

Album keeps late singer's career alive

Sarah Jessica Parker and her impeccably dressed friends on HBO's "Sex and the City" were suiting up for another evening of action in the opening scene of the HBO comedy's third season.

People

The Detroit experience The graduate Virtual spice Other side of Oscar

Children's television pioneer Frances Horwich dies

Frances R. Horwich, whose "Ding Dong School" helped change children's television and led the way for shows like "Sesame Street" and "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," has died. She was 94.

Another 'Brother' contestant found to have rap sheet

The reality show "Big Brother 2" suffered another body blow Tuesday with the revelation that a second contestant, one who is still in the sealed house, has a criminal record.

MTV celebrates 20th birthday

Ultra-hip channel didn't grow old with its audience

In the end, MTV decided to celebrate its 20th birthday by doing what it does best: throw a party. Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman will appear and many current MTV viewers will wonder: Who?

What Are You Reading?

Wake Up Call: The new crusades

By Greg Douros Editor's Note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.

Arts Notes

 Filmmakers Jubilee presents Indy Showcase  Cigar products, photos on display in Logan  Korn Maze open through Halloween  Salina Art Center seeking artworks for exhibit

No rock 'n' roll allowed

Venerable 'Oklahoma!' takes the place of 'Tommy' in Topeka

By Mitchell J. Near No one will ever accuse Topeka theatergoers of being a cutting-edge crowd. Sure, Washburn University was able to pull off a theatrical staging of the cult movie classic "The Rocky Horror Show," but Topeka Civic Theatre was not so fortunate with plans to stage the rock musical "Tommy." So the company stopped production plans for it in advance, choosing instead to perform the venerable Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein classic, "Oklahoma!"

Out of Bounds: If you build it, they will come

Lawrence park gives daredevil skateboarders a cement place to call their own

By Seth Jones I must be getting old.

Movie Listings

The anti-gallery

Art is a party for Lawrence Downtown Upstairs collective

By Mitchell J. Near Patrick Aistrup and his friends know they have a good thing going with their downtown gallery collective.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'Songcatcher'

'Songcatcher' uncovers the sights and musical sounds of Appalachian culture

By Dan Lybarger Like some of the tunes on its soundtrack, writer-director Maggie Greenwald's "Songcatcher" has elements that walk a fine line between timeless artifacts and worn clichés. At times the film's familiar themes seem a bit tired and hokey, but Greenwald's eye for atmosphere and some fine musical performances make the more awkward moments seem less dissonant.

Film Review - 'Planet of the Apes'

Director Tim Burton puts his distinctive dark spin on 'Planet of the Apes' update

By Loey Lockerby This remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic has been kicking around Hollywood for years, with people like James Cameron and Oliver Stone attached to it at one point or another. For a while, it seemed unlikely that the film would ever get produced, which caused many fans of the original to breathe a sigh of relief. Who needed a remake, anyway?

TOP MUSIC

Sticking with it

Unlikely prime-time stars of Flickerstick inject rock 'n' roll into reality TV craze

By Jon Niccum Since winning VH1's "Bands on the Run" show a few weeks ago, Flickerstick is the most famous unsigned band in the nation. Or at least they were.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Vanilla Ice

By Geoff Harkness Vanilla Ice has to be one of the more scorned figures in the short history of hip-hop. Propelled by the smash single "Ice Ice Baby," the pale faced rapper's debut album, "To the Extreme," sold 7 million copies between November 1990 and January 1991 in the United States alone. (It remains the best-selling rap album in history.)

Best Bets

Side Notes: Not your 'Everyday' CD

By Geoff Harkness Last summer, with an armful of freshly penned tunes up his sleeve, Dave Matthews entered a Virginia studio with his four-piece band and longtime producer Steve Lillywhite, ostensibly to record another album.

Born on a bayou

Accordionist Chubby Carrier preserves his zydeco heritage

By Geoff Harkness Chubby Carrier never had to talk his parents into letting him pursue a career in music. While stories of burgeoning musicians butting heads with parental figures are fairly commonplace, Carrier was born into a family where playing and singing was practically a requirement. Thus, it comes as little surprise that the young Carrier (whose father and grandfather were both zydeco zealots) turned pro at the tender age of 12, banging the drums for his father's band and joining seminal creole outfit Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys at 17.

Wednesday, July 25

Collage exhibit comes together in L.A.

Hockney retrospective arrives in British artist's adoptive city

David Hockney paused the other day as he walked through The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, its walls newly covered with more than 200 of the photographic works he has created over the past four decades.

Ghostly remains

Tarred and weathered

No sweat

People

Finding her inner ape Character definition Build and bilk

Poll: First lady makes good first impression

First lady Laura Bush has made a positive impression on the public during her six months in the White House. Sixty-four percent have a favorable view, a poll says, and she isn't running into the resentment faced by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 1990s.

Widescreen TV shows to expand

Television's move to widescreen telecasts is getting, well, wider. NBC has announced plans to televise all of "The West Wing" in the widescreen format this coming season, as well as doing "ER" in widescreen for the second season in a row.

Tuesday, July 24

Hallmark Channel debuts with H.G. Wells series

Greetings from the Hallmark Channel.

Summer school

People

Harrison denies report Government lawsuit Dropping the ball Easy roles

Pulitzer-winner Welty dies at 92

Eudora Welty, the wise, meticulous writer whose loving depictions of small-town Mississippi brought her international acclaim, died Monday. She was 92.

WWII 'Brothers' reunite at training site

506th regiment survivors take sneak peak of Spielberg-Hanks miniseries

Nineteen surviving members of an elite Army unit that trained in this small town for some of World War II's most harrowing missions returned Sunday for a peek at a television miniseries portraying their exploits.

Monday, July 23

Art exhibit creates new order

European masterpieces offered in nontraditional style

The latest exhibition at the Denver Art Museum is a tour of six centuries.

Swing for the fences

Nick Berger of the Lawrence Bears takes a cut during the Sunflower State Games softball competition on Sunday at Clinton Lake Sports Complex.

Follow the leader

Trisha Clark of the Newton Launchers runs down a ball as Alex Latimer of the Wichita Tangerines follows.

Sunflower Cyclists

A small crowd watches cyclitsts at the East Hills Business Park. The first weekend of the Sunflower State Games wrapped up Sunday.

People

A noble act For sale Advice maven A shot in the arm

'Jurassic Park III' lumbers into 1st place in weekend box office

Movie-goers are still hungry for dinosaurs. "Jurassic Park III" took the biggest bite of a strong weekend box office, earning $50.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

'Quiet' Beatle says he will soon die of cancer

Ex-Beatle George Harrison has admitted that he expects to die soon from cancer, the group's former producer was quoted on Sunday as saying.

Sunday, July 22

KU's FROTH to hold annual meeting

FRiends Of the THeatre, the support organization for University Theatre at Kansas University, will have its annual meeting at 5 p.m. July 29 on the Crafton-Preyer Theatre stage in Murphy Hall.

Book capsule

Bookstore

'Cranberry Queen' never bogs down

What do you do when everything that mattered most to you is suddenly gone? In Kathleen DeMarco's first novel, "Cranberry Queen" (Talk Miramax, 257 pages, $21.95), Diana Moore loses her entire family mom, dad and brother in a car crash caused by a drunk driver.

American activist and author

89-year-old Tillie Olsen still writing and gaining readers

Tillie Olsen cannot forget that newspaper story. "I was nursing a baby," the author recalls, "and I was reading this little feature about how in Nagasaki everything that could give light, the public things, had been destroyed (by the atom bomb). And the light at night came from radiating bodies burning."

Arts notes

Sweet summer: Those were the best days of my life Lindsborg loves its horses Author seeking scary ghost tales for book Architect for Nelson-Atkins expansion honored

California connection

Project unites Lawrence students with Los Angeles artists

By Stephanie Paterik Kansas and California. These states small and large, land-locked and coastal seem to have little in common, but the Eighth Street Jazz Dance Company is determined to prove otherwise. Molly Gordon, founder of the Lawrence Arts Center dance group, is pairing her high schoolers with Los Angeles professionals, including an actor, a costume designer, a cinematographer and a rock band.

Quintet takes Manheim's music home

By Mindie Miller A group of Lawrence musicians recently delivered a missing piece of musical history to Europe and furthered sister-city relations with Eutin, Germany. A quintet from Camerata Lawrence, an informal organization of local musicians, spent three weeks in May and June touring Germany and Hungary, playing the music of Ernest Manheim, a sociologist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Beat the Heat

Takedown

People

Court change for Ewing Elton John puts on show, sale Fictional mobster's maid beaten Jermaine disses Jackson reunion

Violence in entertainment raises free-speech concerns

Eminem's Grammy-winning but often profane lyrics came under congressional criticism Friday as lawmakers considered how to deal with violence in entertainment without violating the First Amendment.

Blindness no obstacle for artist

Painter overcomes visual disability to find success

Lisa Fittipaldi dabs at a stretched canvas, her shirt splotched with yellow, purple and blue paint. She fills in a conductor's sleeve, then his bow tie. You can see the white-haired conductor leading three cellists, their fingers and even the swirls on their instruments painted just so.

KU alum wins Pollock-Krasner grant

Michael Patrick Moore, a Kansas University alumnus, has just been awarded a $13,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, based in New York City. Moore graduated with a bachelor degree in fine arts in December 2000, after intensive study with Jon Keith Swindell, associate professor of design, and Richard Gillespie, associate professor of art.

Saturday, July 21

Reality for Fox is that reality show craze is done

Fox's view on TV's "reality show" craze? Been there, done that. While network executives salute CBS' success with "Survivor" or NBC's with "Fear Factor," they also recognize the pitfalls in trying to "mask" programming weaknesses with quick-hit reality programs. Sandy Grushow, Fox Television president, warns of networks doing that: "They're going to fail. We know. Because it happened to Fox."

Mountains steal the scene in risky 'Himalaya'

Hollywood has expended a lot of energy and talent translating Tibetan culture on screen. Though the resulting "Kundun" and "Seven Years in Tibet" were noble efforts, it's the Nepalese production "Himalaya" that truly takes you where few Westerners have gone before.

Film covers boxing's shame

Anyone who has ever watched "Raging Bull" or "On The Waterfront" knows that boxing has been plagued by corruption for most of the past century. "Boxing: In and Out of the Ring" (8 p.m. Sunday, A&E) presents a survey of the sport's dark history, as well as recent undercover investigations into criminal activity at the highest levels.

People

Destiny was to learn lessons Album, investigation launched No Cliff, Norm, Woody or Sam

'America's Most Wanted' actors arrested on sexual assault charges

Two actors who appeared on "America's Most Wanted" were arrested on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old girl living at a shelter for abused children. The alleged acts occurred in January after a film crew finished shooting in an alley next to the Children of the Night shelter. Cristian Saliadarre, 28, surrendered to police Wednesday, and Anthony Alvarez, 27, was arrested two weeks ago.

Fans still flock to Goonie house

Popular 1985 Spielberg film achieves cult status, draws curious to Oregon town

They trek up the hill on a gravel road, wide grins on their young faces. Cameras swing from their hands. They may have driven hundreds of miles or even flown in from other countries, but it was worth it.

Friday, July 20

Katharine Hepburn hospitalized

Four-time Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn underwent tests at a hospital Thursday and was expected to go home in a few days.

People

Legal circles Juvenile delinquent Roof the problem Guilty as charged

NBC apologizes for comedian's racial epithet

A racial epithet that a comedian used on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" should have been removed from the broadcast, NBC said after an Asian-American watchdog group complained.

Mimi Farina, sister of Joan Baez, dies

Joan Baez's sister Mimi Farina, an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder of an organization that brought free live music to the sick and imprisoned, has died. She was 56.

Vatican shares art treasures

Texas Tech museum to exhibit 31 medieval frescoes

The arrival of 31 medieval frescoes from the Vatican may still be a year away, but residents and officials are already working overtime to ensure a piece of Italy glistens in West Texas.

Thursday, July 19

Film Review - 'The Closet'

French comedy 'The Closet' comes out with different twist on sexual identity

By Dan Lybarger Watching French writer-director Francis Veber's latest comedy "The Closet" is about like observing the work of a highly skilled aerial acrobat. At any moment, the movie looks as if it could fall into sermonizing or trip into prejudice. Veber's ability to dodge these pitfalls is often as engaging as the gags he creates.

MTV star brings energy to talk show

Some people light up a room. Others make it hum. Ananda Lewis, one of MTV's biggest stars, does a little of both.

N'Dour, R.E.M spice things up

Tonight, three musical events offer viewers an alternative to prime time repeats.

People

Home at last Pryor commitment Chick squawk Calling in sick

'Star Trek' goes back to future

A new "Star Trek" series, "Enterprise," is about to be launched. Paramount's studio's fifth "Trek" mission, will premiere with a two-hour show Sept. 26 on UPN.

Curtain ready to drop on theater

Some big-name Hollywood figures have been enlisted to save a theater that houses what's believed to be the nation's largest Cinerama screen.

'Rugrats' get glimpse of future

TV's most grown-up babies really grow up in anniversary show

Ten years ago, a bald-headed, bug-eyed baby wearing an ill-fitting diaper squirted milk onto a TV screen and a new American hero was born. It was our first introduction to Tommy Pickles, fearless 1-year-old leader of the Emmy-winning animated TV show "Rugrats."

Filmmaker seeks help from Kansans

The short film "Dwindling" will be shot in the Kansas City/Lawrence area in early August. Based on an award-winning short story by David B. Silva, the story is set in rural Kansas, circa 1960. It spins an eerie tale of how a mother's subconscious desire to be free of the life she has chosen for herself creates an unexplainable force that changes her family forever.

Spinning the Web: Playing or being played?

Electronic Arts' 'Majestic' represents a new definition of interactive gaming

By Michael Newman Something's coming. Something big. It's going to be very popular, and it's going to be very controversial. Of course, it's arising from the Internet, but remarkably it has nothing to do with pornography, bomb-building or malicious hackers bringing down our national institutions. What's approaching is a computer game called "Majestic," and it's the harbinger of a new form of entertainment.

Out of Bounds: Everybody loves a winner?

The Wizards may be the last hope for a KC team to ever repeat a championship

By Seth Jones Quick quiz: What was the last professional Kansas City sports franchise to win its respective championship? Extra credit, what is the name of that championship event?

In the swim of things

Local artwork pays homage to life in the water

By Mitchell J. Near Lawrence's continued devotion to art can be seen at the new indoor aquatic center, located just north of Free State High School. The center offers a variety of water toys for children, along with championship lanes for serious swimmers. But visitors also can't help but notice the large, stylized pieces by local artists that are on permanent display.

Movie listings

In the 'Closet' of the king

French star's talent translates to any language

By Dan Lybarger In her native France, 41-year-old actress Michèle Laroque is no stranger to the spotlight. She's appeared in dozens of films and television shows and has twice been nominated for the César (the French Oscar). While her work in "Ma vie en rose," "Pedal Deuce" and other flicks has earned her acclaim, she became famous merely by being born.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'Jurassic Park III'

There's no escaping the jaws of familiarity in 'Jurassic Park III'

By Jon Niccum "Jurassic Park III" fits in nicely with "Ghostbusters II," "Lethal Weapon 4" and "Rocky V" as an utterly unnecessary sequel made from a big-name franchise. The movie reeks of consumer pandering with its lazy plot and recycled scenarios. But unlike these other forgettable installments, "JP III" musters just enough slick action sequences to entertain.

Film Review - 'America's Sweethearts'

'America's Sweethearts' lacks conviction as a romantic comedy or a Hollywood satire

By Loey Lockerby There are few things more frustrating than watching a movie that could have been great. If it was a bad idea to begin with, it's easy to dismiss, but if there are hints of potential in an otherwise mediocre film, it's impossible not to wonder what might have been.

FESTIVAL LINEUP

The gospel according to Holmes

America's original blues brothers spread the word on their latest CD

By Geoff Harkness Sherman Holmes considers himself a gypsy, or at least a musical one. Coming from a younger, less experienced musician, this might sound like mere hubris, but from one of the founding members of the legendary Holmes Brothers, it sounds like a personal philosophy gleaned from a lifetime of experience.

Royal blue

Queen of Chicago blues Koko Taylor continues to build upon her legacy

By Geoff Harkness "Most of the music made today is not like it's been during my years," says Koko Taylor, whose 40-year career has catapulted her from tiny Chicago clubs to the stages of the world. "Today, you hear a lot of hip-hop and be-bop and all that stuff, you know. But this is for the younger generation. They make that music 'cause that's what's selling today. Like GM's gonna make this model for this car next year and on and on. Why? Because this is what's selling for them. I've known a time they could make one model, and a car model wouldn't change for at least three or four years. But it ain't like that now."

TOP MUSIC

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Charlie Robison

By Mitchell J. Near Charlie Robison is achieving country music fame by keeping his work all in the family ? and by not venturing too far from home. Fearing he'll be overly influenced by the corporate flavor of Nashville's Music Row, Robison chooses to keep his roots in Bandera, Tex., where his family has lived for the past eight generations. That strategy steeps his music in such traditions as old Southwest country tunes, Tex-Mex and honky-tonk. But being a child brought up on pop radio tunes, he's not afraid to throw some uptempo rock into the mix.

Best bets

Letters

In my tree

Appleseed Cast's Aaron Pillar does a bit of musical moonlighting

By Geoff Harkness When Aaron Pillar, guitarist for popular Lawrence-based emo rockers The Appleseed Cast, began composing songs for a potential side project, he had few notions as to where his musical musings would take him.

Parting shot

Wednesday, July 18

Kids meeting kids

People

The fugitive For love or money Rock around the clock Salary negotiations

Let's go mobile

Happy campers

Stone Temple Pilots rumble and rage on 'Shangri-La Dee Da'

Stone Temple Pilots do something rather odd to kick off "Shangri-La Dee Da," the fifth album in the group's nearly 10-year existence. They rock. Then they rock again. And again two more times. For the first four songs, Scott Weiland and crew pile the crunge (that would be crunchy grunge) high to the sky.

Shows roam from rock to Rome

Fans of "Behind the Music" may be fooled into watching "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story" (8 p.m., VH1). They won't get fooled again. In "Behind the Music" documentaries you get to see real members of the band, or at least survivors and hangers-on.

Juanes, Sanz lead list of Latin Grammy hopefuls

Colombian newcomer Juanes and Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz led the list of nominees Tuesday for the second annual Latin Grammy awards. Juanes was nominated for six and Sanz for five. They're up against bilingual teen pop diva Christina Aguilera, Aterciopelados and Gilberto Gil for record of the year. For album of the year, they'll vie with Vicente Amigo and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.

Tuesday, July 17

'Sopranos' sits season out

Fans of Home Box Office's "The Sopranos" will have to wait at least until next summer for the program's fourth season a delay that will eliminate the overall leader in this year's Emmy Award nominations from contention in the 2002 Emmy race.

Downey not out under new law

Actor to go to Malibu rehab, not jail, under Proposition 36

Actor Robert Downey Jr. became the first high-profile beneficiary of Proposition 36 on Monday, avoiding prison by pleading no contest to drug charges stemming from his November arrest at a Palm Springs resort.

People

Setting priorities Shift change Idol chatter Political push

'Big Brother' contestant had previous arrest record

The contestant thrown off CBS' "Big Brother" last week for holding a knife to a woman's throat had a record of three assault charges in his hometown.

Newspaper executive still critical after fall

Katharine Graham, who helped build The Washington Post into one of the country's top newspapers, was unconscious and in critical condition Monday with a head injury after tumbling on a concrete walkway.

Monday, July 16

They ride for 'Jerry's kids'

Motorcyclists to benifit Muscular Dystrophy Association for 21st year

By Michael Newman For the twenty-first year, Topeka Harley-Davidson will sponsor an annual Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraising ride. This year's ride, the Mike Sweet Memorial Ride, is named for longtime MDA ride supporter, and will mark several firsts in the ride's history.

Crime rate rising on TV

'48 Hours' offers a summer series of true-crime episodes

Yes, it's summertime time to curl up in a lounge chair on the beach and surrender to a best seller, preferably a true story about someone who commits an unspeakable crime and then, finally, is brought to justice.

People

Ray Bradbury theater High note for Satchmo Pass the poi Never giving up

Blondes have more fun as comedy debuts at No. 1

Movie-goers prefer blondes.

Robert Downey Jr. makes deal on drug charges

Actor Robert Downey Jr. will plead no contest on Monday to drug charges in a plea bargain that will allow him to continue live-in drug treatment, rather than face jail time, his lawyer has confirmed.

Sunday, July 15

Turnpike trouble

KC Blues and Jazz Festival offers three stages of entertainment

The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival will be Friday through July 22 at Liberty Memorial in Penn Valley Park, 26th and Main streets.

Bookstore

Help for life's challenges

Lawrence woman offers post-divorce advice

By Tim Carpenter Lynate Pettengill understands the raw emotion felt by parents and children in the midst of divorce. Five years ago, Pettengill and her husband ended their marriage. Their 2-year-old son, Ethan, was caught in the crossfire. "It was the worst experience," Pettengill said.

Novelty bags make serious fashion statement

If there is one fashion accessory women never leave home without, it's their purse. But instead of being just a receptacle for the effluvia of daily life, today's trendy bags are major fashion statements. Novelty bags that are turning up on the arms of funky women, sophisticated women and everyone in-between are elaborate, bejeweled and often completely impractical.

Vandross back in a big way

Earning a gold album is an achievement most singers brag about. But when you're Luther Vandross, owner of numerous platinum albums, gold seems a little tarnished.

Hello, Dali: Surrealist showcased at UCLA

With a long, meandering mustache that seemed to have a mind of its own, eyes wild and glaring, and a penchant for flamboyant dress, Salvador Dali was as bizarre as any of the erotic and shattering art he created.

Internet pirates snatch Snatch'

A new study by digital copyright enforcement company MediaForce, shows that recent films like "Pearl Harbor," "Shrek" and "Tomb Raider" were among the top 10 most pirated movies on the Internet in June.

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Like father, like son Sisterly concern A big girl now Patriotic sale

Saturday, July 14

Maureen Reagan battling for her life

Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman, is hospitalized and undergoing whole brain radiation for melanoma that has now spread to her brain, her husband said.

'Avalon': new take on Arthur

Based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's best-selling 1983 novel, "The Mists of Avalon" (7 p.m. Sunday, concludes Monday, TNT) presents a feminist take on the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table.

People

J.Lo says criticism 'hurtful' Former Playboy to star on Strip Terminator, Mandela team up to promote Special Olympics

'Wind Done Gone' author visits Margaret Mitchell house

With a handful of protesters outside, the author of "The Wind Done Gone" appeared at the Margaret Mitchell museum this week to sign copies of the controversial satire based on Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind."

P. Diddy saga continues

Combs working to overcome public trials

"Dangerous! Dan-ger-ous!" The man they call Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy and now P. Diddy is behind the wheel of a speeding golf cart and shouting out fair warning to the startled crew members in his path.

King of the court

Letting his hair down

'The Score' gathers team of top actors

The screenplay for the new heist movie "The Score" invests a familiar storyline with coherence and even intelligence. The film is hauntingly photographed, and onetime Muppet-meister Frank Oz makes a strong leap from comedic to dramatic direction.

Friday, July 13

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Summer reading list A special commitment Presley in the building Island romance?

'Big Brother' contestant kicked off after violent incident

A contestant on "Big Brother" was evicted from the house this week because he held a knife to a fellow player's throat.

Emmy nominees

Nominees in major Emmy categories, announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Mob rules at Emmy nominations

'Sopranos' up for 22 awards; 'West Wing' second with 18

"The Sopranos" received a leading 22 Emmy nominations Thursday, the most ever in the three seasons of the cable hit about the angst-filled life of a suburban mob family.

Thursday, July 12

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Spicy tales

Writer Thomas Averill concocts a secret recipe for stories

By Mitchell J. Near When Thomas Averill went to work on a first novel, his whole family benefited from his research. "Secrets of the Tsil Cafe" tells the tale of a family obsessed with food of infinite varieties. So to get the ambiance just right, Averill spent as much time in the kitchen cooking and testing recipes as he did writing on his PC.

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Film Review - 'The Score'

Big-name cast can't resuscitate routine heist thriller 'The Score'

By Dan Lybarger With the talent involved, "The Score" promises to be a worthy caper flick. Instead, it tediously swipes ideas from better films and robs viewers of two hours and the cost of a ticket.

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Film Review - 'Legally Blonde'

Reese Witherspoon gives roots to frivolous college comedy

By Jon Niccum The mousy, cherubic looks of Reese Witherspoon forever condemn her to being labeled "cute." In Hollywood, that phrase carries with it as much baggage as possibility.

Film Review - 'Final Fantasy'

Video game adaptation 'Final Fantasy' is a visual masterpiece despite weak script

By Loey Lockerby Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Asteroids, when slow-moving, black-and-white blips were considered the height of digital entertainment. Nowadays, they have complicated plots and graphics that make Atari games look as crude as cave paintings, and nearly as old.

Artificial life

'Final Fantasy' marks a bold step in computer animation

By Loey Lockerby She was on the cover of Maxim magazine and included in Entertainment Weekly's It List. Hollywood talent agencies are clamoring to represent her. She's beautiful, popular and stored on a hard drive.

Sax in the city

KU saxophone major Jeff Timmons wins prestigious Down Beat student award

By Geoff Harkness Think of classical music and the saxophone probably isn't the first instrument that springs to mind. Jeff Timmons, a Kansas University saxophone major who recently was named best college-level classical soloist in Down Beat magazine's annual student awards competition, hopes to help change this perception.

The music never stopped

Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh & Friends - Sandstone Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, Kansas 07/11/2001

By Michael Newman Wednesday night an interesting pair of co-headliners shared the stage at Sandstone Amphitheatre. The pairing of Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh (ex-Grateful Dead) and Friends may seem, at first blush, rather unlikely. Certainly there are large portions of each artist's audience that don't overlap, and there is little similarity between Nelson's tightly crafted country and western songs and the loud, exploratory, psychedelic music Lesh delivers. But scratch the surface just slightly, and you'll find musical brethren.

keep your eye on the ball

'Final Fantasy' does not spark viewers' imagination

"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" wallows in New Age mysticism, offering an infantile interpretation of the Gaia myth that the planet is a living thing with a soul of its own. Set in 2065, "Final Fantasy" traces the remnants of humanity as they battle an infestation of life-sucking phantoms that landed on Earth aboard a meteor 34 years earlier.

'Visions' is no 'Twilight Zone'

The new fright anthology series "Night Visions" (7 p.m., Fox) further illustrates the decline of the suspense thriller. Faithfully patterned after Rod Serling's classic "Twilight Zone," "Visions" demonstrates just how advanced technical effects, and the graphic depiction of violence and gore have changed the spooky story genre in the last 40 years (and not much for the better).

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Henry Rollins plays 'Vision'-ary host to supernatural series

With Fox's debut of "Night Visions," its new supernatural anthology series, today, former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is about to step into new terrain one that occupies primetime airwaves, rather than smoky late night clubs.

Actor again comes to rescue of hiker in distress

Harrison Ford starred in a search-and-rescue sequel for a missing Boy Scout in a forest just south of Yellowstone National Park.

'Dora' explores frontier of diversity

Top television show for toddlers features Latina heroine

Until a Nickelodeon executive attended a diversity seminar one day, the star of an upcoming animated adventure series for preschoolers was a bunny named Benjamin. After that day of consciousness raising a new heroine was born: Dora, a 7-year-old Latina.

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 Missouri Rep lists new season  Book by KU alum receives honor  RKO films to be shown at KC library  Historian to give lecture on Council Grove

Out of Bounds: You could put an eye out

By Seth Jones The heat index is climbing to 110 degrees. Our host for the afternoon, Scott, has thrice told us a story about an eyeball bursting as a result of what we're about to do. Even though I know it'll dehydrate me, I have my fifth beer because it's cold and it's wet. Obviously, my common sense isn't very common.

Images are everything

Artist Rachel Freeman adds subliminal ideas to her enigmatic works of art

By Mitchell J. Near Rachel Freeman thinks a lot about the processes that go into her collages. She can dissect the time and energy needed to create a piece and the sources from which her images originate. But despite all this contemplation, the thing that most fascinates her and the point she wants viewers to get is that art is also a mystery. It uses subconscious ideas and skills, and because of that, it's almost impossible to be completely analytical about it.

Victoria's secret

Folk singer regains strength through music while battling multiple sclerosis

By Mitchell J. Near Victoria Williams has a voice that comes at the listener unexpectedly. The voice is strong and distinctly Southern, and also a little off-kilter; it's as though it's too eccentric and powerful to be emanating from such a petite woman. But the down-home nuances give off a warm vibe, and it's easy to imagine sitting on a porch with her on a moonlit night, talking about music and listening to the evening's rural sounds.

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Trancing in the dark

L.A. electronica duo Deepsky brings ambiance to dance music

By Geoff Harkness Deepsky is one band that never thought it would get played on MTV. Thus, no one was more shocked than Scott Giaquinta, who was channel surfing late one evening when "Tempest," a song he co-authored with musical partner Jason Blum, came blasting out of the television set.

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Wednesday, July 11

Let's get physical

Something to crow about

If you watch only one poultry documentary this year, make it "The Natural History of the Chicken" (8 p.m., PBS). Seriously, this just might be the best television event of the summer. Beautifully shot and edited with intelligence and whimsy, "Chicken" unfolds like a pastoral dream.

William H. Macy says new 'Jurassic Park' is dino-mite

Reports of William H. Macy's disenchantment with "Jurassic Park III" have been greatly exaggerated, according to the venerable character actor.

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Barrymore, Green wed A new villain role Big as Texas Mama's little girl

Brush with 'Pomeranians' wins worst writing contest

Sera Kirk was strolling through the countryside, enjoying the sunshine, when a furry little dog a Pomeranian barged out of a hedge and began yipping at her feet.

Animal rights group investigates 'Survivor' pig killing

A leading animal rights group wants to see unedited television footage of the slaying of a wild pig on the hit reality show "Survivor" to decide whether the killing constituted a crime. The Australian branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said Tuesday it is seeking access to footage of the killing, which angered people when an edited version aired around the world earlier this year.

This summer, Cleveland rocks!

MTV brings youth movement to rock hall of fame

Even what some parents may consider noise has roots. A new MTV series called "Live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" aims to show that today's music is rooted generations earlier.

Tuesday, July 10

Classical music's crime-fighting effects studied

A free concert of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven is being played 24 hours a day on a blighted street corner, not to enlighten the masses but to reduce crime.

TV puts new spin on politics

'West Wing' helps push more positive portrayals of government

Notice anything different lately about how television portrays the government and the people who work for it? For instance, those time-honored TV staples, the bureaucratic doofus or the malevolent conspirator?

People

Young 'Sopranos' star makes first court appearance Spacek accepts award for acting accomplishments Ventura seeks strong ties with trade-partner Canada

Ex-Beatle 'feeling fine' after radiotherapy

George Harrison, the 58-year-old former Beatle who has been battling cancer, said Monday he's "feeling fine" after radiation treatment and that his fans shouldn't worry over reports that he has a brain tumor.

Monday, July 9

'Cats & Dogs' reign at box office; 'Scary Movie 2' a close second

The fur flew at movie theaters over the weekend.

Music strains Holocaust debate

German orchestra plays Wagner piece for Israeli audience

World-renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim delighted much of his Israeli audience with a piece by Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler's favorite composer but he also provoked a sharp debate that carried on Sunday after the music stopped.

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Elton's Mideast piece Mansion expansion Spoleto salute Collective paydirt

Cemetery exhibits art among headstones

A cemetery that already contains several historic headstones and a presidential monument is enhancing its image as an "outdoor museum" with a yearlong exhibition featuring 28 art works.

Sunday, July 8

Cottonwood pops cork on wine festival, hopes to raise $45,000

By Jan Biles Cottonwood Inc. is using a "swirl, sniff and sip" strategy to raise money. Next weekend, the third annual "Salute! A Festival of Wine and Food" offers area residents an opportunity to sample some of 250 wines from the world's leading vineyards, meet vintner Sean Sullivan, taste food from 10 Lawrence restaurants and participate in silent and live auctions.

Peace at last

Playing with Fire

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Marriage: a royal uncertainty Warhol digs on the market Tootsie loses on appeal More than a Trace of alcohol

'Brady Bunch' collaborator dies

Television writer Arnold Peyser, part of the husband-wife team that scripted such shows as "The Brady Bunch" and "My Three Sons," has died. He was 80. Peyser died of cancer July 1 in his Brentwood home.

Authors envision Clintons' fictional futures

Imagine this: Bill Clinton is frightened out of Chappaqua by the Headless Horsewoman, then returns years later to find his wife is president and has married Elvis Presley. No? Would you believe Bill becomes a preacher? Crashes a party at Westchester County's only trailer park?

Cemetery's history set in stone

New ownership brings Hollywood Memorial Park back to life

Three years ago, one of the world's most famous cemeteries was resting in pieces. Tombstones were toppled or broken. Mausoleums were flooded, their roofs falling in. The grounds were unkempt, and sections were so crowded that some grave sites were nearly inaccessible.

Hair colors and attitudes lighten up for summer

The summer is about all things golden. Golden sun, golden tan, golden hair. Natural blondes go lighter, and everyone else strives for their dyed locks to look "naturally sun-kissed." "Blonde has to be the most popular hair color in the summer," says Clancey Callaway, head of hair technology for Vidal Sassoon North America.

Anglers' gear catches on with collectors

Fishing rods, reels and other equipment have unique allure

Search your garage and attic for old fishing gear, because prices are sailing out of sight. Reels, rods, lures, tackle and even tackle boxes are in demand. Fishing reels are separated into groups by age and type. The American reels made from about 1800 to 1875 were handmade by reelsmiths. The Golden Age of reels is from 1875 to 1900, when early machine-made reels were produced.

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Slide show depicts African safari Ag Hall of Fame show celebrates farm heritage Jazz series begins at Kemper Museum Discovery validates precious metals Mother-daughter duo to sing at library

London exhibit traces American glass artist's 25 years of work

A garden of richly colored glass ushers viewers into the Victoria and Albert Museum for a show on pioneering American glassblower Dale Chihuly that spans a quarter-century of his work. It is the first show in Britain for the Washington native. Chihuly and his team of 14 assistants needed more than two weeks to set the exhibition on the ground floor of the museum.

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The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Book III

This is an outstanding performance of the third installment in Pullman's dark, creepy fantasy series about a mystical battle between good and evil. The only drawback is that the plot is impenetrable without reading the first two installments in the series. Pullman's silver, disturbing voice narrates his tale (Listening Library, $45, 15 hours, unabridged) about brave-but-frightened youths lost in a world where celestial beings battle over the fate of existence.

Custody battle rages in Mitchard's novel

Jacquelyn Mitchard's new novel, "A Theory of Relativity" (HarperCollins, 351 pages, $26), introduces a fatal car crash, an orphaned child and the makings of a brutal custody battle, all within the first few pages. And the book doesn't end until every heartstring has been tugged, bad things happen to good people, and everybody learns something in the process.

And the river runs through it

Writer, reporter discovers Appalachia for himself

Take a childhood spent on the edges of Appalachia, mix it with a reporter's unending search for stories to tell, and you might conclude it was inevitable that Noah Adams would produce his recent book, "Far Appalachia." A National Public Radio correspondent since 1975, Adams has turned his hand to longer narratives, and in this volume he recounts his travels down the 350-mile course of the New River, from its origins on Snake Mountain in North Carolina to its end at Gauley Bridge in West Virginia.

World's fair exhibit at Spencer Library takes viewers back in time

By Roger Martin It's 1851. You're in London, strolling along a grand hallway in a building made largely of glass almost a million square feet of it. The glass is held in place by 4,000 tons of iron and 202 miles of wooden bars. At one point, this house of glass vaults upward more than 100 feet, enough to accommodate some full-grown elm trees.

Portraits of the Pawnee

Haskell alumnus paints historical Indian figures

By Jan Biles Nearly every image Rusty Diamond paints keeps a bit of his tribal heritage alive. He painstakingly researches his subjects, making sure every detail adheres to the traditions and history of the Pawnee. Take "Fancy Eagle," a portrait of a Pawnee doctor who had the power to cure people by spraying water from his mouth onto their bodies.

Middle East flair

Troupe Raghsidad meets the 'Retro Cocktail Hour'

By Jan Biles Jo Anne Hargis says the upcoming concert by Troupe Raghsidad is hip and hip-centric: The show mixes Middle Eastern dance with the "shaken but not stirred" music of KANU-FM 91.5's "Retro Cocktail Hour." "I had been listening to 'The Retro Cocktail Hour' for a while, and they did an exotica show," Hargis, artistic director of Troupe Raghsidad, said.

Saturday, July 7

Lawrence art group lobbying for Langston Hughes statue

By Joy Ludwig A Lawrence group is seeking the city commission's support for a statue of Langston Hughes to be erected in downtown Lawrence. The public art piece would add to the commemoration of the author and Lawrence resident's 100th birthday celebration next year. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the city commission will receive a letter from the Roundtable for the Arts and Culture asking for support.

Paint the town yellow

People

French filmmaker wows Venice Landing at Satchmo International Behind the Bacon brothers A.I. only in the movies

NBC's Brokaw vacation causes speculation

Tom Brokaw is taking the summer off. In leaving the "NBC Nightly News" perch to Brian Williams until after Labor Day, the anchorman has given rise to speculation that he may be getting ready to abdicate the role he's had since September 1983.

Rap songs reflect artists' dislike for Giuliani

If Rudy Giuliani thinks his only public squabble is with estranged wife Donna Hanover, then he hasn't been listening to the radio. As music fans are reminded each time they hear the new summer hit from R&B singer Faith Evans, the controversial mayor of New York City is also on the outs with more than a few members of the hip-hop community.

Exhibit traces legacy of learning

Struggle for literacy among blacks is focus of museum offering

There are no pictures of Samuel Kelso, but his legacy remains. The son of slaves, Kelso proposed a novel concept at Virginia's 1867 Constitutional Convention: public schools for everyone blacks and whites.

Friday, July 6

Twain's writing challenge finally gets a taker

For 125 years, authors have refused to match wits in literary contest

Mark Twain made a deal with the editor of The Atlantic Monthly more than a century ago: He would write a story, then ask other well-known authors to compose their own versions from the same outline.

Laying the groundwork

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'Soprano' teen denies crime Establishing links Aging gracefully Bad vibrations

Lawsuit sets stage for clash over religion

A group that includes 21 state lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block performances of a college play featuring a gay Christ-like character. The lawsuit contends that the play, "Corpus Christi," attacks religion and taxpayer money should not subsidize its production at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Can 'Survivor' survive bad hype?

Television's top-rated show threatened by rumors of impropriety

Ever since Tina Wesson won the second million-dollar jackpot in May, "Survivor" seems to have lost the immunity idol. A nagging sense that all is not how it seems on the hit reality show has followed the news that "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett staged some scenes and may have tried to influence the first game's outcome.

Thursday, July 5

Brooke finds success going it alone

Two months after Jonatha Brooke released her best album to date, the 1998 "10 Cent Wings," her record company, MCA, unceremoniously dropped her.

Fourth-coming

Junior stars and stripes

Lookout on a cookout

Slip slidin' away

'Big Brother' returns

Last summer, I blasted "Big Brother" (7 p.m., CBS) as one of the dumbest, dullest and depressing TV shows ever. Of course, that was before "Fear Factor" and "Chains of Love" premiered.

People

Grammy winner suing Estefans Former underwear model ready to try on Cary Grant's shoes Mr. Rogers goes high-tech Comedian predicts fame to stick

Public dirties Seattle's parade pigs

A few of Seattle's fiberglass pigs have been damaged so badly, their appendages and decorations ripped off, that they have had to be rushed to a "pig hospital" to be pieced back together by the artists that made them.

HBO's A.J. Soprano arrested

Actor who plays troubled teen pleads innocent to robbery, drug charges

This time, Robert Iler is in real trouble. Iler, who plays the pot-smoking, trouble-prone teen son of television mob boss Tony Soprano, was arrested early Wednesday on robbery and drug possession charges.

Bond spices up classical music

Quartet mixes sex appeal with contemporary music

With their plunging necklines, bare midriffs and tight pants, the women who make up the group bond look more like a girlish pop group than a classically trained string quartet.

Arts Notes

 Entries being taken for literary prizes  Open mike set at Brown Bear  KU prof directing music for 'Joseph'  Exhibit explores Lewis, Clark expedition

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Spinning the Web: Pay for play

Will MP3 format be the ultimate casualty of the Napster lawsuit?

By Michael Newman There's a difference between saying something "exists" in a purely cosmological sense and saying it exists in a practical one. Sure, people that have current and older CDs and copies of software like Music Match Jukebox for "ripping" MP3 files from those disks can continue to create and trade MP3 files. But in a practical sense, the castration of Napster by the music industry may turn out to be the meteor strike that makes dinosaur burger of the MP3 format.

Wake Up Call: Wake up and smell the coffee

Coffee vendors brew up ways for consumers to enjoy more humane products

By Greg Douros Editor's note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.

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All about Alec

Lawrence Public Library film series takes a look at chameleonic British actor

By Mitchell J. Near Sir Alec Guinness was the consummate actors' actor whose only goal was to disappear into a character so that he was all but unrecognizable to the public. And during most of his 50-plus years as a performer he managed to accomplish that feat, winning every major award including a 1957 Academy Award for Best Actor along the way.

Film Review - 'Kiss of the Dragon'

Jet Li confidently establishes himself as action superstar in 'Kiss of the Dragon'

By Jon Niccum When using "dragon" in the title of a martial arts movie, expectations are unavoidable. The word immediately conjures images of the genre's greatest icon, Bruce Lee, whose stature is almost untouchable. But there are some tangible similarities between rising star Jet Li and Bruce Lee, beyond just the pronunciation of their last names.

Film Review - 'Cats & Dogs'

By Dan Lybarger Like "Toy Story" before it, "Cats & Dogs" explores a strange netherworld that exists beyond human perception. In this film, people fail to realize that they are mere pawns in a battle between species. In fact, if it weren't for the ingenuity and bravery of dogs, humans would be forever subjugated to felines.

Underlying stories

Dian Hauser creates artwork that contains mysteries

By Mitchell J. Near Dian Hauser loves to tell stories, but she doesn't do it with a pen and paper. Instead, she uses components that include sheet metal, acid and a garden hose to create metallic imagery that will convey a tale with its own imagery.

Out of Bounds: There's no place like home court

The annual Roy Williams Basketball Camp adds a little purpose to a lazy summer

By Seth Jones Three days into camp, and Steyr Stubenrauch is showing some signs of wear. Yeah, Roy Williams' Basketball Camp is about having fun, but it's also for learning the ropes of hardcore hardwood, Kansas Jayhawk style. The 8-year-old sees his father, Darrell, and sits on his lap to take a quick breather. On his right shoulder, a cherry the size of a silver dollar. On his left bicep, a two-inch scratch.

The D in Detroit

Motown's most influential underground rapper sounds off on his mainstream Detroit peers

By Geoff Harkness A new-school punk rock festival like The Warped Tour is one of the last places on earth where one would expect to find old-school racism, but such is the insidious nature of intolerance hitting when and where you least expect it. For underground rap legend Esham, who's touring with Warped this summer, the bigotry isn't blatant but it's certainly there.

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Cheese trey

Colorado's String Cheese Incident wriggles to the front of the jam-band scene

By Geoff Harkness The String Cheese Incident has to be one of the more exasperatingly named bands out there right now. Though numerous theories as to the moniker's origin abound online and in various fan circles, you won't get a straight answer from the band members, who are keeping mum on the issue.

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Iron Curtain call

German act Rammstein launches a tour to reclaim America

By Jon Niccum There are few bands from the former East Germany that have achieved success in the United States. Even fewer of them begin a live performance while on fire literally.

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Wednesday, July 4

Poundstone pleads innocent to molestation charges

Children who live near Paula Poundstone demonstrated outside the courthouse where the comedian pleaded innocent Tuesday to child molestation in a case her lawyer said is "ripping her guts out."

Cats are evil, dogs are good

Movie portrayals set stereotypes of pets long ago

Don't let Mr. Tinkles fool you. Sure, he's soft, white and fluffy. He even purrs and meows. But Mr. Tinkles, the villain in the new movie "Cats & Dogs," is pure evil, perhaps one of the most diabolical characters ever to dominate the silver screen. Wanna know why? Because he's a cat.

'Cats & Dogs' proves to be pets-tacular fun

Payback's a well, a female dog, in "Cats & Dogs." Dogs utilize high-tech surveillance equipment to strike back when cats launch a plan to steal a scientific formula to combat dog allergies, a formula that would ensure dogs' popularity forever

Stars salute Brian Wilson

He was a Beach Boy who never surfed and a melancholy soul who wrote songs about "Fun, Fun, Fun." Tonight he receives accolades on "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson" (7 p.m., TNT).

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Relationship is a wrap Wedding missing bride, groom Tooting his own horn Twice the Jacko

Fans pay tribute on 30th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death

Hundreds of fans, many burning incense and murmuring prayers, filed through a Paris cemetery Tuesday to pay tribute to Jim Morrison, the mythic Doors singer who died in the French capital 30 years ago.

Ready for a bang

Tuesday, July 3

Museum aims to explain unexplained

Don't tell Bob White the sky isn't falling.

Hot ticket burns up Broadway

Theater fans go to great lengths to see 'The Producers'

As she stood all alone on a darkened Manhattan street at 5 a.m., Carol Watson felt a rush of fear. A menacing-looking man with a mustache was striding rapidly toward her, and the retired Cleveland schoolteacher thought briefly of fleeing. But she stubbornly held her ground.

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Keeping 'score' 'X-Files' exit I beg your pardon Tour bust

MTV marks 20 years

MTV is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an all-out birthday bash, the cable network announced Monday. On Aug. 1, MTV will throw a party, hosted by "Total Request Live's" Carson Daly, which will broadcast live on both MTV and MTV2 from the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.

Monday, July 2

'A.I.' finds intelligent life at the box office, takes in $30 million

For a change, intelligence prevailed at the box office.

'Huckleberry Finn' story changes

New edition of classic tale continues quest for 'definitive' version

This summer, a new book continues the adventures of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

People

Mr. Mom On the move Nothing hokey about it Childhood confessional

Contract talks between actors, producers intensifying

With their old contract having expired, Hollywood actors and producers were back at the bargaining table amid signs of intensifying talks to avert an industry-crippling strike.

Sunday, July 1

Feminine styles

Spencer Museum seeks artworks by women

By Jan Biles Susan Earle hopes there will come a day when female artists aren't talked about as if they were out of the norm. She dreams of the day when exhibits of strictly women's works aren't needed to bring focus to their artistic visions. "Women who consider themselves advocates of women artists and feminists hope there's a time when they won't have to do this," said Earle, curator of European and American art at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Dance troupe learns all the right moves

Lawrence academy gets in the swing of things plus the samba, tango and mamba

By Jan Biles Skye-Laurel Riggs didn't start out on the right foot when it came to dancing. She began taking tap lessons when she was 3 but was soon kicked out when she started acting as if she were in charge of the class. Now 15 years later Riggs is taking lessons at The Dance Academy, 1117 Mass., where she swings and tangos with owner/instructor Wade Qandil and other students and performs with the academy's dance troupe.

Entrepreneur in action

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Ellroy is here Will sing for food Citizen Nadia No longer a paper doll

Country music guitar great Chet Atkins dies

Chet Atkins, the Tennessee-born guitar virtuoso who was one of the pillars of American popular music in the last half of the 20th century, as performer, songwriter, spotter of talent and shaper of trends, died Saturday in Nashville. He was 77.

Hollywood calling all 'alpha fans'

Web sites become an interactive, vital part of movie marketing campaigns

Michael Van Gorkom remembers the first call he got from the robot. "It was a real person's voice," the 26-year-old Santa Monica resident said. "Very freaky." Phone calls from robots, e-mails from someone called "mother" and cryptic instant messages are just some of the intrusive elements of a Web-based game being used to market the Steven Spielberg movie "A.I. Artificial Intelligence."

Early sewing machines seem irresistible to some

The sewing machine is an 18th-century idea that ranks as one of the major inventions in history. There were many men whose companies made sewing machines in the 1850s, including Elias Howe, Isaac Singer and Allen Wilson. Collectors want any unusual sewing machines made in past years. Shaw & Clark, a company working in the 1860s in Biddeford, Maine, made seven machine styles.

Exhibit explores the boundaries of contemporary art and design

"Against Design," an exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, examines interpretations of contemporary design and the boundaries between art and design. The exhibit features works by Kevin Appel, Angela Bulloch, Clay Ketter, Roy McMakin, Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, Joe Scanlan, Atelier van Lieshout, Pae White and Andrea Zittel.

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Show features antiques, collectibles Sci-fi, fantasy authors to signs books

Van Hee, others show artworks during walk

The First Friday Gallery Walk, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, will showcase works at 10 galleries and exhibition spaces. Participants are listed.

Princess' riddle sure to hook young readers

By Jill Hummels "One Riddle, One Answer" is a singular success. Written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Linda S. Wingerter, this tale follows the path of a young Persian princess who strikes a smart deal with her doting father, the sultan. As the sultan tries to find a suitable husband for his lovely and wise daughter, he finds that the suitors are interested in only what the match can do for them.

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Brookner's 'Bay of Angels' falls from grace quickly

By Gretchen Linhos In the middle of the night, a 70-year-old man falls and smashes his head on a marble floor. His wife panics and calls his doctor, who comes immediately. The naive wife convinces the doctor to put the man in bed, because "he is almost already asleep." The ignorant doctor, who returns in the morning, is surprised to find the wife "laying faithfully beside" the dead man.

A voyage of 'madness'

Nine start solo circumnavigation, but only one finishes

When nine men set out in 1968 to circumnavigate the globe in an unprecedented, nonstop sailboat race, each was utterly alone. None carried satellite guidance equipment or the kind of electronic devices that knit the world together today. One racer communicated by arcing wadded messages and rolls of film, by slingshot, to the decks of passing ships.