Stories for January 2002


Thursday, January 31

'Lord of the Rings' dominates globe

Though it fell to No. 8 on the domestic front, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" remained firmly entrenched atop the overseas box office for the weekend ending Jan. 27, drawing an estimated $23 million from 6,538 venues across 49 countries. The epic adventure's foreign haul has climbed to $364.3 million, the ninth highest gross of all time.

Bratt packs up his uniform

Actor known for 'good cop' roles breaks stereotype in 'Pinero'

Benjamin Bratt, who has forged a career out of playing good cops on "Law & Order" and in a few films, is breaking out of the policeman's pigeonhole with "Pinero."

6News video: Alice Walker talks about Hughes' life

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker discusses how Langston Hughes' life still has meaning today.

6News video: Alice Walker talks about knowing Hughes

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker talked about knowing Langston Hughes and his influence on her life Thursday at a press conference at Kansas University.

Willie Nelson's river hasn't run dry

Willie Nelson - Lied Center, Lawrence KS - 01/30/2002

By Michael Newman A sell-out crowd braved the weather event of the season to attend country music legend Willie Nelson's appearance at the University of Kansas' Lied Center. Clad in black, with his trademark red braids now graying, the 68 year-old icon entertained an enthusiastic mix of fans of all ages.

Walker talk still on schedule

The icy weather will not deter Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker from appearing Thursday in the first of the local Langston Hughes centennial celebrations.

Best Bets


U2 backs down from studio fight Baby No. 4 for Andy Garcia Baby No. 5 for Eddie Murphy Boy George: The Musical

Wednesday, January 30

6News video: Early morning weather slows traffic

(Updated Wednesday at 2:40 p.m.) The following is 6News video taken early Wednesday morning from the News Center on the northwest corner of the intersection of Seventh and New Hampshire streets.

Bill Moyers' TV return is here and 'Now'

"Now with Bill Moyers" is possibly the season's most important new series and an ambitious response to Sept. 11. Airing at 9 p.m. CST Fridays on PBS, "Now" marks the return by public television to quick-response journalism after decades of long-form, long-in-the-making documentaries.

Film studies West Point's past

Two hundred years of military history is a lot to cover in a two-hour documentary, but "West Point" (8 p.m., PBS) rises to the occasion, offering a riveting survey history of one of America's essential institutions.

The sandman cometh


Full House twins cashing in Jack Black a new Belushi? Ventura spills beans on Vietnam Former first lady honors Giuliani

NEA chairman dies suddenly

Michael Hammond, who became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts just a week ago, died Tuesday, apparently of natural causes. He was 69.

Hollywood pays homage to town trade

Screen Actors Guild nominates favorites from big and small screens

The math genius drama "A Beautiful Mind" and the family tragedy thriller "In the Bedroom" each had a leading three nominations Tuesday for Screen Actors Guild awards.

Tuesday, January 29

Willie Nelson not slowing down

Country legend on the road again to promote new record, book

Faces are like road maps. Every crease and fold can tell you where a person has traveled. No wonder Willie Nelson's visage shows more wear than most. "I can definitely see the miles in me," says the world's most famous road rat, as he sits in a Manhattan hotel room. "I see scars. But I earned every one of them."

News film charming, creative

The unusual documentary "How's Your News?" (6 p.m., Cinemax) follows five mentally disabled men and women as they embark on a three week tour of America. Creators of their own TV channel, they conduct "man on the street" interviews with anyone who will speak with them.


Willis, Parker get Pudding awards More babies for Meg Musicians raises $1.5 million

National Book Critics Circle announces annual finalists

The author himself may not be that popular in certain circles, but acclaim for Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" continues. Franzen's novel about an unhappy Midwestern family is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize.

'Pippi Longstocking' creator Astrid Lindgren dies

Writer Astrid Lindgren, whose freethinking character Pippi Longstocking has been cherished by youngsters around the world for decades, died Monday. She was 94.

'The Count' leaves much to be desired

What the world needs now ... is not another version of "The Count of Monte Cristo," but here it is about the 20th adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' tale of betrayal and vengeance, and it's a mildly entertaining diversion during these dull days of the movie dumping-ground season.

Monday, January 28

School boasts large Tolkien collection

Marquette University holds early sketches, manuscripts of celebrated author's works

There wasn't much J.R.R. Tolkien threw away in the 14 years he spent writing "The Lord of the Rings" series. Little did he know that all those revisions and illustrations about the mystical world of Middle-earth would be worth millions and put Marquette University on the literary map.

'Othello' takes on London crime

Viewers won't have to brush up on their Shakespeare to appreciate screenwriter Andrew Davies' update of "Othello" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., PBS). His recent films include "Pride and Prejudice" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." Davies has jettisoned Shakespeare's iambic pentameter and changed the drama's story from an Italian court intrigue to a modern British police drama.


No tips from John Malkovich 'NYPD Blue' actress arrested Playmate makes high school date Silverman talks to youngest fans

Middle-earth treasury found in Milwaukee

A list of what's included in the J.R.R. Tolkien collection in Marquette University: "The Lord of the Rings"; 9,250 pages

Jay-Z and R. Kelly unveil collaboration

Rap mogul Jay-Z and R&B titan R. Kelly unveiled their unusual album-length collaboration Thursday with all the pageantry befitting such a multiplatinum musical merger.

Sunday, January 27

Prize-winning author to kick off Hughes events

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will kick off "Celebrate Langston Hughes in Lawrence" with a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center. Walker will read Hughes' poetry and other writings and comment on his work and its influence on her writing.

An uncommon voice for the common people

By Roger Martin Wish Langston Hughes a happy birthday. If he were alive, he'd be 100 Friday. There's a big do in his honor at Kansas University next week. There's a big do in his honor at Kansas University next week. Among others, they're bringing in novelists Alice Walker and Ishmael Reed, poet Sonia Sanchez and playwright Amiri Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones.

Corporate donation leads to exhibition of Southwest art

By Jan Biles A donation of Southwest art that bolstered the holdings of Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology is on display through mid-August at the museum. "From Reservation to Corporate Office: A Donation of Southwest Art" contains more than 25 objects given to the museum by the Topeka-based Security Benefit Group of Companies.



No ordinary Oscar for Redford Metallica family grows Seeking one for the Gipper Octogenarian won't skip work

Hank Williams Jr. cuts new CD, with Kid Rock cameo

How's this for being out of fashion? When Lost Highway Records put together a tribute album to his father last year, Hank Williams Jr. wasn't asked to contribute. "Yeah, I heard about that and I thought, 'Gosh, they never called,"' the 52-year-old country music singer said. "Maybe I didn't get the message."

Arts notes

Exhibition focuses attention on Hughes collection Your Valentine stories could win dinner and a movie Willie Nelson to play Wednesday at Lied Center Singers to join voices for a cappella concert

Broadway looks for busy spring

Great White Way anticipates renewed interest after post-Sept. 11 lull

The chilly days of winter are a lean time for Broadway as tourists disappear, bank accounts shrink after Christmas and weak shows falter and fold. "The ice months cometh," sighs Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theatres and Producers, not entirely in jest.

Community events celebrate centennial

Here is a rundown of the events related to the Langston Hughes centennial celebration.

In Langston's light

Writing contest winners have penned hundreds of works

By Jan Biles Alice Ann White remembers the day she started writing poetry. She was in fourth grade at Trailwood Elementary School in Overland Park. The teacher told the students they had to start keeping a daily journal. The teacher would give them ideas to write about Monday through Thursday, but on Friday they could write whatever they wanted.

Poet's gifts endure

Hughes' Lawrence years not without laughter, tears

By Mindie Paget Contradictions clouded Langston Hughes' boyhood in Lawrence. Like the time he and his black friends were turned away from the gates of a carnival billed as an event for all Lawrence children.

Excerpt from Thomas Yeahpau's short story

From "I Remember I Was Only Fourteen (An Indian's First Love)" by Thomas Yeahpau. The short story is about a 14-year-old boy's first sexual experience, with a 13-year-old girl.

Poems by Alice Ann White

Perfect croquet day

Ensemble brings innovative moves to Lied

One of America's premier modern-dance companies will perform Saturday night at the Lied Center. The Pilobolus Dance Theatre will present four dance works at 7:30 p.m. The program includes "Monkey and the White Bone Demon," "Gnomen," "Symbiosis" and "Day Two."

KU student followed activist beliefs to his death in European battlefield

By Jan Biles The devastation of the Spanish Civil War hit home for the family of a Kansas University student. Don Henry, who had been active in the Methodist Church, Boy Scouts and the high school debating team, enrolled in 1935 at KU.

Posters share voices of Spanish Civil War

By Jan Biles The posters in a new exhibition at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art can be appreciated on two levels: as historic political statements and as early modernist art styles.

Arts notes

'Bleeding Kansas' series begins in Lecompton Garden transformed into Tahiti eden

French-Canadian group mixes traditional, modern

By Jan Biles When the sibling singers of Hart Rouge opened their concert Friday night at the Lied Center, the foundation of their music was clear: beautiful, bending harmonies and arrangements that blended traditional and contemporary styles.

Gallery specializes in finding first-class art for corporations

By Jan Biles An art gallery that started on the Internet is jumping off the computer screen and into the community. Iveth Jalinsky has opened The Museum Gallery in suite 114 in the I-70 Business Center on North Third Street.

World Online report: Hughes' poetry helps photographer focus on breadth of racial prejudice

By Michael Newman Late last summer, Lawrence Photo Alliance members were asking each other how they could participate in the Langston Hughes centenary celebration. Rachel Flowers, alliance president at that time, suggested the members create new works inspired by Hughes' poetry. The idea was enthusiastically embraced.

First Friday Gallery Walk joins in celebration

Some of the venues participating in the next First Friday Gallery Walk are gearing their events toward the Langston Hughes centennial celebration. The Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., will have an opening reception for its "Dream Variations: Art Inspired by the work of Langston Hughes" exhibit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Saturday, January 26

O'Connor tells all to Couric; Burton bashes Hoover

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spilled big time to NBC's Katie Couric on Friday night's "Dateline," revealing her Stanford Law School flirtation with Chief Justice William Rehnquist and her culinary experiences with, er, bull testicles.

'Mothman' movie resurrects mysterious 'flying man' legend

Strange sightings, deadly collapse of bridge still haunt public imagination

No one is quite sure what came to the river town of Point Pleasant, W.Va., in the 1960s. Was it an alien? An angel? The devil? Or merely an instance of group hysteria? Whatever the answer, it was called Mothman.

Vicarious European travel

Cheers for a winner


Fender receives daughter's kidney Not so wonderful world for Stevie Birth bittersweet for 9-11 widow That's Dr. Loretta Lynn to you

Actor's comments on Muslims, terrorists draw criticism

Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated actor James Woods, whose personal beliefs are often as controversial as the roles he plays, has landed himself in hot water for remarks he made to KTLA's entertainment editor Sam Rubin about terrorists and people who harbor terrorists.

Friday, January 25

Third Day nominated again as best artist in Dove Awards

Third Day, which won the top award at last year's Dove Awards, received six nominations on Wednesday, including another chance to win in the best artist category.

Justice comes to television

Supreme Court Justices, real and fictional, dominate tonight's network choices. On "Dateline" (8 p.m., NBC) Katie Couric interviews Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman justice to serve on the High Court. O'Connor has just written a book with her brother, Alan Day, titled, "Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest" (Random House, 2002). In addition to anecdotes about her Arizona youth, O'Connor discusses the travails of making her way as a female attorney during the 1950s as well as the challenges of serving on the formerly all-male Supreme Court.


Spears spurned by royal heir Star settles wrongful death suit Poitier in line for honorary Oscar

Pop music's Pearlman to launch revival of The Archies, Pussycats

Pop music alchemist Lou Pearlman thinks he's found a way to turn the oldies classic "Sugar, Sugar" into modern-day gold.

Film honors late poet

"Pinero," the slight if stirring film biography of the Puerto Rican poet-playwright-actor, functions as both requiem and celebration.

Tour features more city than sex

NYC company takes fans to spots frequented by HBO characters

The driver hasn't even pulled away from the starting point at New York's ritzy Plaza hotel (where Mr. Big got married) and the bachelorette party in the back is already going strong.

Thursday, January 24

THE MAG: Spinning the Web - Making waves on the Web

Controversy rages over origins of useless sports traditions

By Michael Newman They don't call it a laptop for nothing.


Tribute gives Barry a lift A friend in high places Chelsea straightens out No laughing matter

CNN hires Chung for evening news show

CNN has hired Connie Chung away from ABC News to be the anchor of a nightly news show, ratcheting up the stakes in a heated competition among cable news networks. Chung's hiring is the splashiest move yet by CNN in its ongoing war with Fox News Channel, which has made inroads against CNN's former monopoly in cable news mostly through its lineup of colorful prime-time talk shows.

Giuliani likely subject of TV movie

Company purchases rights to former mayor's biography

A film company has purchased the rights to a biography of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and is expected to make Giuliani's story into a television movie. The company, Five Mile River Films, bought the screen rights to "Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City," by Andrew Kirtzman, a political correspondent for local TV station New York 1.

Mariah Carey no longer a Virgin

After less than a year and a flop album, Mariah Carey is leaving Virgin Records with a deal giving her $49 million. EMI, Virgin's parent company, announced on Wednesday that it would pay the 31-year-old diva $28 million to end their association, which was to last for several albums to the tune of $100 million.

Somalis flock to bootleg 'Black Hawk'

The images projected onto a wall were blurred and the sound wobbly, but there was no mistaking it was a bootleg version of the film "Black Hawk Down" especially when the young Somali men in the audience jumped up and cheered after an American helicopter was hit by Somali gunmen and crashed.

THE MAG: What Are You Reading?

THE MAG: Arts Notes

'The Good Things' premieres in Lawrence RV filmmaker to talk about Cuba trip Nelson prepares for Electromediascope Nordic Choir coming to Topeka

THE MAG: Unforgettable horror

KC production of 'Playing for Time' examines an overlooked bit of Holocaust history

By Mitchell J. Near Arthur Miller's plays have created some of the theaters' most memorable characters, while in the process launching stinging indictments against the cruelty of a collective group-think society. "Death of a Salesman" rallied for the forgotten common man, while "The Crucible," which centered on the Salem witch trials, was actually an attack on the 1950s McCarthy hearings.

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - Painful scalp condition

Scoring tickets to a Jayhawks/Sooners game proves difficult for columnist

By Seth Jones There's always karma. Sometimes I forget that.

THE MAG: Movie Listings


THE MAG: Film Review - 'The Mothman Prophecies'

'Mothman Prophecies' uses true-life event as inspiration for atmospheric thriller

By Loey Lockerby There are two sure-fire ways to make a movie truly scary. One is to create an internal logic that closes in on the audience, building suspense by making everything horrifyingly inevitable. The other is to plunge viewers into a nightmare world, where every dark narrative corner contains some nerve-racking surprise. "The Mothman Prophecies" tries to do both, and never entirely succeeds at either.

THE MAG: Film Review - 'The Count of Monte Cristo'

'The Count of Monte Cristo' can't triumph over bland action scenes and miscasting

By Dan Lybarger Adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' novels pop up on movie screens with the regularity of seasonal foliage. With their combinations of adventure, romance and scenic locales, it's a safe bet the 19th century writer could be on the A-list for some time to come. Sadly, many of the recent takes on his books (such as the Leonardo DiCaprio version of "The Man in the Iron Mask" and last fall's "The Musketeer") slice through the material with dull blades.


THE MAG: Film Review - 'I Am Sam'

'I Am Sam' supplies feel-good superficiality to a potentially interesting custody dilemma

By Loey Lockerby Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is a devoted single father to the beautiful, precocious Lucy (Dakota Fanning). He works hard, pays the bills and spends lots of quality time with his little girl. He also has the mental development of a 7-year-old.

THE MAG: Reality Check

Military advisors add to the authenticity of the hit move 'Black Hawk Down'

By Dan Lybarger Hollywood may be the fantasy capital of the world, but one man has made it his business to keep filmmakers from straying too far from reality.


THE MAG: Cover Story - Earning your OWN name

Adema capitalizes on family values while making its way from Cali to nü metal's peak

By Jon Niccum "One of the best things that was ever said to me was, 'Do you really want this?' That rings in my ear all the time," says Adema singer Mark "Marky" Chavez. "Because when it's freezing cold and you miss your chick and you miss home, you start questioning yourself. But do I want this life? (Expletive) yeah I do."

THE MAG: Broken dreams

Independence's Broken Cowboys reach for the country-music industry brass ring

By Geoff Harkness The True Value Country Music Showdown is the kind of gig that most twangy groups spend lifetimes dreaming about. But it's reality for the six aspiring country acts gathered at Kemper Arena, including Broken Cowboys, an Independence, Mo., quintet that won two previous battles-of-the-band to get here. The top dog will travel on to Nashville and perform at the Grand Ole Opry, competing with three others in a prestigious, televised finale.


THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Esau's foibles

Area band bridges gap between white belts and spiked belts

By Geoff Harkness Some bands want to change the world with their music, but Esau just wants to increase the peace between local belt-wearers.

Wednesday, January 23

Making treats for the birds


Mellencamp builder sentenced Stroke of luck for Kirk Douglas The stairway to corporate heaven Hip-hop stars reach out to youth

Rush Limbaugh's hearing restored

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Monday that an ear implant has partially restored his hearing. Limbaugh had an electronic device placed in his skull late last year, and the final hookup, which partially restored his hearing, took place Thursday.

Yves Saint Laurent takes final bow

The fashion world descended Tuesday on the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris for the grand farewell of designer Yves Saint Laurent. Two thousand guests were invited to the gala event a retrospective but also a final collection and countless more clamored for tickets.

Legendary jazz voice silenced

Sultry singer Peggy Lee dies of heart attack at age 81

Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is?" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, died Monday. She was 81. Lee died from a heart attack at her Bel Air home, said her daughter, Nicki Lee Foster.

Tuesday, January 22

'Biography' names 15 funniest

"Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) celebrates its 15th anniversary with a gimmick. Hosted by Brad Garrett, "Biography" will count down the 15 funniest comedians in television history, concluding with the selection of the medium's funniest star.

Emotional tug-of-war ensues in 'Final'

"Final" is a compelling though slightly flawed drama, produced as part of the InDigEnt project, a digital-filmmaking collective commissioned by the Independent Film Channel to make 10 features for roughly $100,000 apiece.


Glover upholds King's message Giuliani plans a book My son, the director Harrison's hit is No. 1 again

Korean orphan tale wins literature's Newbery Medal

The story of an orphan living under a bridge in 12th century Korea won top honors in children's literature Monday from the American Library Assn. "A Single Shard," by Linda Sue Park, won the Newbery Medal, awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Women win big at Sundance Film Festival awards

Women's stories have become rare in mainstream movies, but they dominated the major awards Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Rebecca Miller's "Personal Velocity," based on the writer-director's short stories about three women in transition, won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.

Mafia shadows director's life, films

Danny Provenzano said organized crime doesn't exist it's just something that people made up for the movies. One of those movies happens to be "This Thing of Ours," which stars Provenzano as the nephew of a mob boss who runs a scheme to steal millions with the Internet.

Monday, January 21

Bassoonists expand definition of quartet

By Jan Biles When you think of chamber music, a bassoon isn't the first instrument that comes to mind. A violin, yes. A cello, yes. But a bassoon?


Estefans get restraining order James Earl by any other name ... 'Spiderman' star says role timely Carol Burnett's daughter dies

'Black Hawk Down' displaces 'Rings' at box office

With American troops fighting overseas, audiences at home flocked to the intensely realistic military drama "Black Hawk Down."

'A Beautiful Mind' shines at Golden Globes

The uplifting schizophrenic genius drama "A Beautiful Mind" led winners at Sunday's Golden Globes with four awards, including best drama and best actor for star Russell Crowe.

Harmon stars in vintage drama

Addicts of the Lifetime network's special brand of guilty pleasure should clear their calendars. The first half of tonight's drama "Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story" (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14, L, S) has all of the hallmarks of a "woman-in-peril" classic.

Sunday, January 20

Mystery figure keeps tradition intact with visit to Poe's grave

A small crowd gathered at the old church where Edgar Allan Poe lies buried, waiting, as they do every year, for the arrival of a stranger. A black-clad man arrived at 2:59 a.m. Saturday, marking the poet's birthday with the traditional graveside tribute: three red roses and a half bottle of cognac. Only this and nothing more.

Fire ravages resident's home

Langston Hughes' centennial honored

As a poet, novelist and playwright, Langston Hughes was a man for all seasons. Hughes' vivid portrayal of black life in America from the 1920s to the '60s will be further remembered with the issuance of a new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

Arts notes

Wax on before heading outside for winter fun Lands' End offers regional winter advice Add a bit of lace as an alluring trimming

Arts notes

Nordic Choir coming to Topeka church 'Prairie' documentary slated at Haskell Graphic designer to talk at Spencer art museum Country acts line up for Manhattan festival

Tuba player to perform at KU's Murphy Hall

Jason Roland Smith, a recording artist and award-winning tuba player, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in room 130 in Murphy Hall at Kansas University.

Canadian recording artists known for their harmonies

A band that takes its name from a town in Saskatchewan will perform a rousing concert of harmonies and melodies at the Lied Center.

Robert Burns fans to pay tribute to the haggis

By Jan Biles Larry Carter is getting ready to throw a birthday party for a Scottish poet who died 206 years ago. Robert Burns Night will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Broadway takes center stage at Seem-To-Be Players benefit

By Jan Biles The annual River City Revue is giving a nod to the Great White Way this year while showing off some of the city's most-talented citizens and raising money for the Seem-To-Be Players.

Arts notes

Entries being sought for Kansas Voices Puppet show highlight of Chinese celebration African-American works on display in Tulsa

Painter taps imagination, pop art for inspiration

By Jan Biles Lawrence artist John Geery began painting slightly more than 10 years ago, and already he is showing his acrylic works in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

Arts notes

Rare textiles being shown at KU gallery KU theater department offers children's classes Unusual exhibit taps into technology

Lawrence artists help Souper Bowl Saturday head toward goal line

By Jan Biles The Lawrence Arts Center is hoping to score a big win for its ceramics department with its annual Souper Bowl Saturday.

KU professor wants to spread the word about black authors

By Jan Biles As a youngster growing up in Independence, Kan., John Edgar Tidwell studied Kansas history and read books by America's great writers.

'Pirates' still a pleaser

By Mitchell J. Near Special to the Journal-World Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, "The Pirates of Penzance" made its New York debut in 1879, appearing on the scene long before automobiles or airplanes.


Hizzoner tires of Rudy-worship Show me the Walk of Fame Subway ride from hell Piano Man in harmony on tour

Play produces tangle of entertaining lies

By Jan Biles Remember that old saying that goes something like, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when at first we practice to deceive." In the case of Marc Camoletti's play "Don't Dress For Dinner," the web of lies is one audience members don't mind getting caught up in.

Golden Globe Awards up for grabs tonight

Call it the precursor to the Oscars or call it the lighthearted awards show in which the stars actually seem to enjoy themselves, but whatever you call the 59th annual Golden Globes, don't call them a joke.

Outcast finds following in Hollywood

Public joins critics in their praise for writer-director-actor Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton points out that his notoriety exceeds his clout in Hollywood, a place he finds bemusing, benumbing and generally at odds with the sort of work he wants to do. "There's a real common misconception that I'm like a big deal. I'm really not," Thornton said.


String quartet pairs with pianist for concert

The Rossetti String Quartet and pianist Katia Skanavi will perform "The French Connection, Part II" at 8 p.m. Saturday in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

Films about 'small lives' make lasting impression

By Roger Martin January's a good month to ponder movies. John Tibbetts, associate professor of theater and film at Kansas University, is right now putting together his list of the best and worst films of 2001 for the Kansas City Film Critics Circle awards.

Arts notes

Sculptor re-creates nature's curves in her works Your Valentine stories could win a night out Arts commission seeks downtown sculptures KU art professor profiled in Fiberarts Lawrence sculptor creating monument to Eisenhower

Postcards over the edge

Ottawa photographer's exaggerations are coming home

By Joy Ludwig Images of farmers pushing gigantic tomatoes in a wheelbarrow, fishermen scrambling to avoid monstrous pike and President Taft surrounded by corn and potatoes as large as railway cars were created here.

Saturday, January 19

Save room for dessert

Gallery displays visions for WTC site

Artists, architects share ideas for rebuilding scene of American tragedy

From interlocking, tubular towers to a building with holes already built into it, about 50 architects and artists displayed their visions for the rebuilding of the decimated World Trade Center site at an exhibition in a Chelsea art gallery.

Pet Post

History of tabloids recounted in A&E show

I love tabloids. Even before I was old enough to understand the meaning of the word "lurid," I felt a secret joy every time I read trashy news stories or scanned a snappy headline.

What's Online - Online site provides information on Langston Hughes

Dave Toplikar, World Online editor, talks about a web site dedicated to the coverage of the Langston Hughes symposium at Kansas University.


Film raises questions about war Airport security takes toll on film Racial equality still just a dream

Famed Coliseum Books in NYC to close after 27 years

Danny Bonaduce's memoirs and a collection of Mumia Abu-Jamal's prison writings are among the few books still hugging the shelves at Coliseum Books. The stock is dwindling fast as longtime book lovers and bargain hunters flock to the famed midtown bookstore that will shut its doors next week after 27 years.

President to be subject of real-life 'West Wing' film

It was "must-see Thursday" at the White House as a dozen NBC news cameras shadowed President Bush through an unusually packed made-for-TV schedule.

Friday, January 18


Giuliani not ruling out politics 'Eight is Enough' star's death caused by overdose, coroner says Gov. Bush tours Travolta set

Sept. 11 chronicled in films

The morning of Sept. 11, filmmaker Etienne Sauret was on the streets of lower Manhattan documenting the horror of the World Trade Center attack.

McCarthy exhibit highlights tragedy

Museum show looks at life of Cold War icon

In the early 1950s, a supporter gave Sen. Joseph McCarthy a brush not to brush his teeth or to comb his hair but "To Brush off the Communists in Washington," as it says on a piece of paper glued to it.

Boy band's role in 'Star Wars' still up in the air

After reports that boy band 'N Sync would appear in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" followed by ones that they were out because of the fans' violent reaction, the teen idols set the record straight at the People's Choice Awards.

Television returns to 'Roots'

LeVar Burton hosts "Roots: Celebrating 25 Years" (7 p.m., NBC), a glance back at one of the most popular and important events in television programming. One hundred and thirty million Americans tuned into all or part of a multipart saga that aired on eight consecutive nights. The conclusion of "Roots" on Jan. 30, 1977, remains the third most-watched show of all time, behind only the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas" and the series finale of "M*A*S*H*."

'X-Files' calling it quits

After nine seasons and countless conspiracies, "The X-Files" will finish its run on Fox at the end of this season, series creator Chris Carter says.

Thursday, January 17

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Happy Accidents'

By Loey Lockerby Brad Anderson's "Happy Accidents" is sort of a cinematic Frankenstein monster, pieced together from the remains of other movies. There's a touch of "K-PAX, " a bit of "Somewhere in Time," a smidgen of "Memento," and quite a lot of the classic short film "La Jetée." Even with these derivative roots, however, "Happy Accidents" is told with enough cleverness to make it a diverting fantasy.

Art and Music - Commitment to elementary arts education strong

Lawrence public schools' success in the 'Three Rs' assures the future of art and music education

By Michael Newman The new federal education bill, which President Bush recently signed into law, will among other things, mandate annual assessment testing in math and reading for students in grades three through eight. Schools that fail to perform up to prescribed standards will face the withdrawal of students by parents who are dissatisfied with substandard performance. Many school districts are bracing themselves in the face of assessment testing and will be forced to make difficult decisions about how to reallocate meager resources in order to raise flagging scores. Districts where scores are low enough to put a school's future in peril will find at risk, educational programs that might not appear to directly have an impact on those measurements. Art and music programs run the risk of being treated as having secondary importance where measured progress in core academics is unsatisfactory.

THE MAG: Schizophrenic anesthetic

Milemarker solidifies its sound and lineup on latest release

By Geoff Harkness The keyboard may be one of rock's most maligned instruments, the bane of many a garage band's existence and the black sheep of the modern musical family. For better or worse, however, a burgeoning flock of bootstrapped rockers are introducing the 88s to unexplored aural environments, pairing Rolands and Yamahas with Gibsons and Fenders in ways previously unimagined. One such outfit is Chicago's Milemarker, an ever-evolving gang of four or five that's determined to use keyboards without watering down its sound or reverting to cheesy retro novelty.

THE MAG: Top Music

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Power trio

Music production team aims its sights at the top of the charts

By Geoff Harkness Travis Bickle's maniacal, not-all-there glare watches over the proceedings at Lock-N-Load studios, his iced gaze permanently affixed to a well-thumbed copy of "The Portable Machiavelli." A few inches away, the original members of the Rat Pack shoot a game of pool, while Tony Montana and the cast of "The Usual Suspects" battle for elbow room next to a framed poster of H. Jackson Brown's "21 Suggestions for Success" ("Be honest," "Work at something you enjoy that's worthy of your time and talent").

THE MAG: Wake Up Call - Reform school

Mag political columnist writes an educational letter to America's first lady

By Greg Douros Mrs. Laura Bush The White House Washington D.C.

THE MAG: Film Review - 'The Shipping News'

Kevin Spacey and cast add believability to the uneven drama 'The Shipping News'

By Dan Lybarger With its sterling literary pedigree, picturesque setting, proven creative team and dream cast, "The Shipping News" ultimately ends up less than the sum of its parts. In adapting E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, writer Robert Nelson Jacobs and director Lasse Hallström (the team behind "Chocolat") capture an intriguing folk-tale ambiance but have trouble making some of the exaggerated story consistently credible.

THE MAG: Top Movies

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Black Hawk Down'

'Black Hawk Down' effectively recreates grim episode from America's recent past

By Jon Niccum It's October 1993, and the African nation of Somalia is plagued by famine and civil war. In one of numerous atrocities, a militia controlled by Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid fires into a starving crowd of civilians that is attempting to access a Red Cross food distribution center in Mogadishu.

THE MAG: Top Movies

THE MAG: Movie Listings

THE MAG: Arts Notes

'Tomato Red' author to appear at Rockhurst Lawrence artists show works in Kansas town Organ concert honors Martin Luther King Nelson prepares for Electromediascope

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - Unlimited access

Having a press pass in the sports world is almost as good as real credibility

By Seth Jones It's amazing the places a press pass can get you. People don't know who you are; all they know is that you have this little red card attached by a string hanging around your neck. Throw in a bad attitude and you're suddenly an authority that can travel anywhere.

THE MAG: Model behavior

'Femme Fatale' examines history of marketing feminine image

By Mitchell J. Near Hollywood likes to roll out the biggest movies during the holiday season, hoping to garner critical consideration from pundits, while, more importantly, getting the consumers to part with their money before the year ends. But Hollywood studios are not the only group that plays that game; book publishers have been doing it for decades. And for many brick-and-mortar bookstores, the winter holidays are make-or-break time, where they gladly accept and stock a variety of items from suppliers that they know will be big sellers during the Christmas season.

THE MAG: What Are You Reading?

THE MAG: A study in Scarlet

Pulitzer-nominated play 'In the Blood' offers modern retooling of literary classic

By Mitchell J. Near The latest production staged by The Unicorn Theatre is one of those rare adaptations of a known classic that can be viewed as an outright success in its own right. The fact that most people have yet to hear of it, or its playwright, makes that almost a crime punishable by a lifetime of attending New Theatre productions.

Figment of 'Brutal Imagination' brought to life in off-Broadway play

He was the fictional creation of Susan Vaughan Smith, the white South Carolina woman who, in 1994, drowned her two small sons and blamed a phantom black man for the crimes.

Italy pays homage to photography pioneer

Dozens of black and white pictures spanning three decades pay homage to the life and work of Margaret Bourke-White, one of the first women war photographers and the author of Life magazine's first cover photo.

Science series for children coming to PBS

"DragonflyTV," a new science series for children on PBS, is going to look a lot like an MTV video to some adults. "This stuff moves fast, and it has incessant music," said executive producer Richard Hudson.

McCartney to lead Super Bowl tribute to heroes

Paul McCartney has signed on to lead "a tribute to the spirit of everyday heroes" during the pregame show for Super Bowl XXXVI, set for Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome, reports Billboard Online.


Adam Ant committed Extremely incorrect message Fund benefits Indian students Stewart back as Grammys host

Still a favorite

Wednesday, January 16

Drink to your health with immunity builders

Building immunity means eating well, but it also means adding nutrients to what you drink. Try these immunity-boosting drinks to help fight infection or help the body recover from illness.


Aniston injured in crash Voices from the past Jump to the small screen Lynch to judge at Cannes

Newspaper: MGM reportedly on auction block for $7 billion

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, one of Hollywood's most venerable movie studios, may be up for sale for $7 billion. The entertainment company has hired investment banking firm Goldman Sachs to solicit bids that are due this week, sources familiar with the auction told the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday's editions.

Larry King agrees to 4 more years

CNN has agreed to a four-year contract extension with talk show host Larry King that keeps him as the cable network's highest-paid personality.

Ridin' and stylin'

Fashion for the regular guy

Milan designers put emphasis on comfort in men's clothing

Italian menswear designers are planning a sensible winter season. After several rounds of fussy fashion, they are opting for styles aimed at making a guy feel comfortable.

THE MAG: Letters

Tuesday, January 15

Reading - 6News video report: The Three R's - Literacy block

New York Elementary School emphasizes literacy and expects students to excel.


Eleanor Roosevelt she isn't What's really important Adam Ant arrested You really can do both

Grand Ole Opry station won't go to sports

After an outcry from country fans and music stars, the owners of WSM-AM station announced Monday the historic station will continue to broadcast country music and the Grand Ole Opry rather than switch to an all-talk, all-sports format.

Cosmo, Maxim create fun, fearless collaboration

Is it really the end of the battle between the sexes? "Yep. That's it. We're going to beat our date books into plowshares. It's over.

Director Ted Demme dies at age 38

Ted Demme, a film and television director whose credits include the movie "Blow," collapsed and died while playing basketball. He was 38. The stocky filmmaker was participating in a celebrity basketball game at the private Crossroads School when he was stricken Sunday, said Ted Braun, a spokesman for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

Library faces million-dollar dilemma

The library in this eastern Massachusetts town has just received a huge financial windfall and that's becoming something of a problem. At a time when public libraries struggle for funds, the Hopkinton and Boston libraries stand to gain more than $3 million from the estate of a retired letter carrier.

6News Video Reports: Gov. Graves' last State of the State address is mixed

While the governor wants to cut the budget, he wants to increase education spending.

Monday, January 14

'Rings' still most powerful force

Moviegoers weary of pre-Oscar seriousness escaped to "Orange County" over the weekend, but the teen comedy couldn't quite match the struggles of a hobbit and a mathematician at the box office.

River City Weekly video: Langston Hughes' history in Lawrence, part 2

Greg Hurd interviews Langston Hughes Centennial Committee cochair, Maryemma Graham and Bill Tuttle, historian and Langston Hughes Symposium presenter on Hughes' early life in Lawrence.

River City Weekly video: Langston Hughes' history in Lawrence, part 1

Greg Hurd interviews Langston Hughes Centennial Committee cochair, Maryemma Graham and Bill Tuttle, historian and Langston Hughes Symposium presenter on Hughes' early life in Lawrence.

'Almeria Club' keeps Williams current

Although he could never be expected to equal the legendary status accorded his father, Hank Williams Jr. has made a respectable place for himself in country music on the strength of his oft-outrageous lyrical wit and polished acoustic sound.

Turturro nets Cosell's gusto

"Monday Night Mayhem" (8 p.m., TNT) is no failure, but it's definitely a little strange and very ambitious, in all the right ways.

Old favorites keep on winning

'ER,' Julia Roberts perennial People's Choice awardees

Tom Hanks was a double winner Sunday as he snagged favorite actor in both the motion picture and dramatic motion picture categories during the 28th annual People's Choice Awards.

'Fantasticks' ends fantastic run

Try to remember a time when "The Fantasticks" wasn't running at the tiny Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. After nearly 42 years and 17,162 performances, that time has come.


Dole becomes a tar heel 'Snob' typecast fine, thank you A lot to live up to Ignore this court summons

Sunday, January 13

'Sunflower Journeys' celebrates 15th year with Liberty Hall concert

By Jan Biles "Sunflower Journeys," a public television series produced by KTWU in Topeka, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a Lawrence concert featuring some of the artists who have appeared on the series over the years.

Arts notes

Artist's works reflect those of his father KU student playwright's work advances to regional Lawrence quilter's work on display at KC museum


Leno living in the fast lane with Daytona Speedway spin 14-year marriage faces extinction Not everybody loves Raymond's children, especially show creator A little help from his friends

Drugs, alcohol a parental problem for prince

British reports say that Charles' youngest son, Harry, used marijuana and drank at pub

Prince Charles took his youngest son Harry to a rehabilitation clinic to show him the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, after the young prince admitted having smoked marijuana and gotten drunk, a Sunday newspaper reported.

Shhhh! Silent movies coming back

Worldwide phenomenon spurred by once-a-week TV broadcast

Idela Warton's eyes light up when she talks about the silent film era her era. At 87, she remembers the pre-talkie days. "I can remember going to see them with my parents," said Warton, standing in line at the Bijou Theater to see Ramon Novarro's 1928 "Forbidden Hours," the silent film's first public showing in 73 years.

River City Weekly video: Langston Hughes' history in Lawrence, part 4

Greg Hurd interviews Langston Hughes Centennial Committee cochair, Maryemma Graham and Bill Tuttle, historian and Langston Hughes Symposium presenter on Hughes' early life in Lawrence.

River City Weekly video: Langston Hughes' history in Lawrence, part 3

Greg Hurd interviews Langston Hughes Centennial Committee cochair, Maryemma Graham and Bill Tuttle, historian and Langston Hughes Symposium presenter on Hughes' early life in Lawrence.

RC pageantry

'Dinner' has its fill of laughter

By Jan Biles Jeanne Chinn was ready to laugh when she signed on to be the director of Lawrence Community Theatre's production of "Don't Dress for Dinner."

Bassoon quartet making its mark in Costa Rica

A Kansas University alumna who directs the Phoenix Bassoon Quartet is bringing the Costa Rican ensemble to Lawrence for a concert next Sunday. Isabel Jeremias, a graduate of KU's music department, teaches bassoon and music theory at the University of Costa Rica, where the chamber ensemble was established in 1993.

Director: 'Pirates of Penzance' likely to draw large audiences

By Jan Biles When it comes to the growing popularity of opera, the proof is in the numbers. "More tickets are sold in opera than at sporting events," said Mark Ferrell, associate professor of music at Kansas University, citing a recent national study.

Arts brief: Father and son show at Do's Deluxe

Artist Marty Olson pays tribute to his father

By Michael Newman Marty Olson, owner and proprietor of Do's Deluxe hair salon at 416 East 9th St in Lawrence is an artist. This fact is distinct and separate from his tonsorial skills. Olson is a visual artist working in a variety of media including printmaking processes such as intaglio.

Saturday, January 12

'Ambersons' remake no better than original

Film legend has it that Orson Welles surpassed his masterpiece "Citizen Kane" when he made "The Magnificent Ambersons" in 1942. But moviegoers never saw his 2 1/2-hour opus.

Last Night's Fun looking to record this year

By Jan Biles A Lawrence band that likes to play close to home is reaching out to other nations to find inspiration for its music-making. Last Night's Fun primarily performs Celtic and traditional American music but also looks to Middle Eastern, Central European, North African and Finnish tunes for inspiration.

I've got sunshine ...

Hughes' poems a school treat

By Tim Carpenter Popcorn and lemonade were powerful instruments of learning Friday for two dozen students at East Heights School. Eighth-grade volunteers from Central Junior High School visited Joy Lominska's first-grade classroom at East Heights to share insights of author and poet Langston Hughes, who lived in Lawrence as a youth.


Latest 007 sees end near 'ER' actor a fan of 'Scrubs' Wobegon Weekend roster full No bones about lifestyle change

Lego Holocaust art show receives early criticism

A Jewish museum's planned exhibit that includes Lego concentration camp and "designer" canisters of poison gas was criticized as trivializing the atrocities committed during World War II.

King legacy is subject of Detroit art exhibit

A Smithsonian exhibit celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. opens Sunday, coinciding with what would have been the civil rights leader's 73rd birthday.

Fight on to save The Stone Pony

Club frequented by Springsteen, other rockers threatened by development

Supporters of a legendary New Jersey night club that was a favorite haunt of Bruce Springsteen have launched a campaign to save the rock 'n' roll landmark from the wrecking ball.

Friday, January 11

'Today' still strong at age 50

NBC morning mainstay to mark a half-century on the air

The first theme song for "The Today Show" was "Sentimental Journey," maybe an odd choice for a news and information program. But from its inception, "Today" broke many of television's rules and invented plenty more.

Ethan kicks competition for 'Survivor 3' top prize

Soccer player from Lexington, Mass., wins $1 million on hit CBS reality show

This go-around, it's not earthshaking news, but the winner of "Survivor 3" is Ethan Zohn.

Barbara Eden goes from 'Jeannie' to 'Witch'

Look for two blasts from our pop-cultural past on tonight's episode of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (7 p.m., WB). Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie") guest stars as Sabrina's Aunt Irma, who arrives from the Other Realm when she discovers that Harvey has knowledge of Sabrina's magic powers.


Comedian, wife expecting a child Janet Jackson ready for love No doubt, a wedding's on tap Author's next work: 1776

Thursday, January 10

THE MAG: Though this be madness

A Kansas City theater troupe reinvents the world's most over-performed play

By Mitchell J. Near In the year they have been performing, the coalition of writers, actors and technicians that make up the Evaporated Milk Society have been determined to turn theatrical productions, and the way they are viewed, in a new direction. After mounting some original works including the outdoor version of "A Tall Tale" that featured actors on stilts the company is attempting a new version of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

THE MAG: Arts Note

Concert to feature Serbian music

THE MAG: Spinning the Web - Bring out your dead

The Internet assures that the fascination with death never takes a holiday

By Michael Newman Death, ah death. Our fascination with the subject is right up there with our obsession with sex. But unlike sex, death is the universal human experience that none of us can do anything but speculate about. That is, anything but gossip, mock, ridicule or nervously titter over.

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - The future is now

Mag columnist's projections help clarify 2002's impact on the sporting world

By Seth Jones Last week, we looked at the year in review. This week, I predict the future. Previously, I called Miss Cleo's Psychic Network for a glimpse into the mysteries of tomorrow. But the only thing I got was an $80 charge on my phone bill for my "psychic" to tell me that I should eat a healthy meal and get plenty of rest before I gamble in Las Vegas.

THE MAG: What Are You Reading?

THE MAG: I want my MTV!

20th-anniversary tome celebrates network's cultural influence

By Mitchell J. Near In the beginning there was MTV. Music Television. And it was good. Very, very good. The fledgling network devoted to playing rock and roll videos debuted on Aug. 1, 1981, with the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," and love it or hate it, there is no arguing over the station's cultural influence since then. v

THE MAG: Movie listings

THE MAG: The ultimate player

Robert Altman reveals secrets to longevity in a cutthroat Hollywood environment

By Dan Lybarger Lady Sylvia: Mr. Weissman, tell us about the film you're going to make. Morris Weissman: It's a detective story about a murder in the middle of the night, a lot of guests for the weekend, everyone's a suspect.

THE MAG: Top Movies

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Gosford Park'

By Jon Niccum At age 76, Kansas City-born Robert Altman is still among the edgiest filmmakers around one who is equally brilliant and frustrating. Though the ultimate actor's director again makes use of an oppressively large ensemble cast, he ventures away from his usual Americana subject matter with "Gosford Park," a period piece examining the upstairs/downstairs existence of a bygone British society.

THE MAG: Cover Story - End of the year film awards

By Loey Lockerby, Dan Lybarger and Jon Niccum The year 2001 didn't offer as many consistent cinematic delights as the movie of the same title. But the odyssey that was this film year had a number of things going for it, like the fact that it was a record-breaker at the box office. Despite all the glut of pay-per-view, DVDs and streaming Internet video, people still found the local theater to be the overwhelmingly preferred choice for entertainment.

THE MAG: All hell breaks loose

The Last of the V8s explode onstage and off

By Geoff Harkness Ryan Mattes has a faraway look in his eyes, as if something crawling across the ceiling has captured his undivided attention. He straddles the microphone stand like a man clutching the last shards of sanity. Slowly he comes back to earth, suddenly remembering that he's onstage and in possession of the eyes and ears of the small throng of devotees studying his every move, transfixed by his every utterance. The music  courtesy of Waysted Stacey (which is Parlay, minus frontman Ernie Locke)  swells behind him and the song roars back to life.

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Smoke and mirrors

Herbal blend companies cash in with dubious look-alike products

By Meghan Bainum Did you know that you can now order "marijuana" via the Internet or even over the phone? It's legal and cheap, too fat, tasty nuggets that look almost identical to last month's High Times centerfold. Smoke it ahhh savor the herbal taste. Hold the smoke in a bit longer. There feel the relaxation yet? The euphoria? Getting hungry?

Sign of the times

Sundance Film Festival's edge just slightly dulled

Given recent events, should we expect a kinder, cuddlier, less-well-attended Sundance Film Festival this year? To date, 9/11 has taken its toll on movie gatherings in Toronto, San Sebastian and Mill Valley.

American Music Awards a soul train

Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Aaliyah take two trophies each

In a night dominated by soul music's new generation, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child and the late singer Aaliyah each won two American Music Awards Wednesday. Michael Jackson, the subject of a behind-the-scenes tussle between music's two biggest awards shows, accepted an Artist of the Century award. He didn't perform, though.

Wednesday, January 9

Custody deal reached for Jerry Garcia's guitars

A long-standing custody fight over the famed guitars of the late Grateful Dead lead-man Jerry Garcia finally has ended, setting the stage for an auction of a storied and intensely coveted piece of rock history.

Post-game shower

Walking on thin ice

Me and my shadow


Poitier a Living Legend Oscar making Whoopi again Comedian Avery Schreiber dies Aguilera denies porn status

CNN catches flak for 'sexy' ad

CNN's promotions department found itself in serious trouble Monday after the airing of a spot that touted morning anchor Paula Zahn as "sexy." The promo, which aired a few times Sunday night, rhetorically asked which show's host was "provocative, supersmart and, oh yeah, just a little sexy" followed by a zipper-like sound effect.

Television game show host dubbed fashion's weakest link

A fashion failure "Goodbye!" has been given to "Weakest Link": TV host Anne Robinson, who tops the 2001 Worst Dressed Women list from Mr. Blackwell. The acid-tongued critic described Robinson as looking like "Harry Potter in drag."

Burger king Dave Thomas dies

Folksy founder of Wendy's hamburger chain suffered liver cancer

Dave Thomas, the pudgy founder of the Wendy's hamburger chain whose homespun commercials helped turn it into one of the world's top fast-food enterprises, died Tuesday of liver cancer. He was 69.

Networks prep for battle of bands

Music takes center stage tonight as two networks, and two award shows, battle it out for top billing. ABC broadcasts the 29th Annual American Music Awards (7 p.m.), a gala that has seen controversy over the last few weeks.

Winter pause gives gardener chance to dream

When I awoke the other morning my husband cheerfully announced that the weather forecast for Tuesday called for a high temperature near 60 degrees. My first thought was that this might be a good opportunity to run the tiller through my vegetable garden.

Tuesday, January 8

Simpson sues to recover legal fees

O.J. Simpson is back on the legal calendar this week. But instead of defending the famous ex-football star and actor from another charge, Simpson's attorney will instead be coming with his hand out.

6News Video Reports: City commissioner votes against using funds for Martin Luther King celebration

Just as he did last year, Jere McElhaney votes against the budget item, because he feels it's improper to financially support one holiday and not others.

Fashion career comes to close

Yves Saint Laurent, inventor of pantsuit, ready to hang it up

Yves Saint Laurent, the master designer who created undying trends like the pantsuit and came to represent the ultimate in elegance, announced his retirement Monday and said he would close the legendary fashion house he started 40 years ago.

Azaria sitcom latest NBC dud

Bad doesn't begin to describe the new comedy "Imagine That" (7 p.m., NBC). Words like dull, depressing, tired and unoriginal don't quite do it justice, either. Is there a word in any language that conveys the sick and sad feeling a reviewer experiences when he sees yet another sitcom fail to become funny? Is "Sub-'Emeril'" a word?


Hungarian politics gets spicy Redford not afraid of aging New mayor throws bash Britney shoots for literacy

Comedic host takes over on syndicated 'Weakest Link'

For those who argue that "Weakest Link" is inseparable from its British sourpuss host, Anne Robinson, George Gray must disagree. The Emmy-nominated host of TLC's "Junkyard Wars" is taking over the syndicated version of the popular game show, and to hear him tell it, his version may just be an improvement on perfection.

Three Stooges artist gets legal equivalent of poke in the eye

U.S. Supreme court orders profits from shirts, lithographs to be paid to comedians' heirs

Heirs of the Three Stooges will get profits from posthumous depictions of Moe, Larry and Curly, thanks to the Supreme Court. The court bypassed a chance to give First Amendment protection to photographers and artists who specialize in celebrities, turning back an appeal from Los Angeles artist Gary Saderup.

Monday, January 7

New Web site gives TV viewers a voice

For those who feel like they should have more of a say about which TV shows should stick around and which should go, a 31-year-old lifeguard has created a Web site that allows Internet surfers to vote on the current TV schedule.


Saint Laurent expected to retire Chelsea takes in N.Y. nightlife The O'Reilly factor: Killing, dying and Boar's Head

'Fellowship' rings up third No. 1 box office showing

Audiences find more than escapist fare as Oscar contenders expand to wider release

The season of smarter cinema continues as classy Oscar hopefuls such as "The Lord of the Rings," "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" packed in audiences.

AFI award recipients go AWOL

Some of night's biggest winners skip inaugural ceremony

What if you threw a Hollywood award show and the winners stayed away?

Ray realizes he's not in charge

Sunday, January 6



'Outlaw' loses foot to diabetes New digs for Kobe, wife Fans to mark Elvis' birthday Where there's a will

Historian accused of plagiarism

Historian Stephen Ambrose has been accused of plagiarizing sections of his new book about World War II bomber pilots, "The Wild Blue." Fred Barnes, a columnist for "The Weekly Standard," argues in the Jan. 14 issue of the magazine that Ambrose borrowed passages from "The Wings of Morning," a book by historian Thomas Childers about the same topic.

'Lord of the Rings' wins top movie at AFI

The fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won best-picture honors and two other prizes at the first American Film Institute Awards on Saturday. Denzel Washington was named best actor for playing a flamboyantly corrupt narcotics detective in "Training Day."

Burns marks Twain for documentary

Filmmaker focuses on American literary giant for latest PBS production

With its bronze statue depicting Tom and Huck heading off for another adventure, the occasional whitewashed fence and the muddy Mississippi rolling past, Samuel Clemens' boyhood hometown has seen its share of Mark Twain mania over the years.

Arts notes

Lawrence artists hang exhibits in KC gallery Harlem Globetrotters to take over Kemper court 'Opera Is My Hobby' host to give talk in Topeka Choristers to begin season Cellist and pianist pair for JCCC, Folly concerts

A delicate balance

Lawrence artist blends calligraphy, surrealism and the whimsy of cartoons

By Jan Biles Wherever Bill Bowerman goes, he carries a pocketful of 3-inch-by-5-inch blank notecards and a ballpoint pen. The cards become miniature pieces of canvas where quick sketches of human figures or still lifes can be recorded for use later in larger pastel or acrylic paintings.

Saturday, January 5

Cold cuts



She's changing jobs, that's all Beer maker Heineken dies at 78 Model declines Playboy invitation

Grand Ole Opry radio station may go to all-sports format

Music fans question sincerity of station's 'Always Have Been, Always Will Be' country slogan

The radio station that created the Grand Ole Opry and broadcast it for 76 years may dump the country music format for sports. Sources within Gaylord Entertainment who spoke on condition of anonymity say executives are strongly considering syndication of its weekly Opry show, the longest continuously running music show in radio.

Author released from jail after refusal to cooperate

Weeping with joy, an aspiring author was released from jail Friday after spending more than five months behind bars for refusing to hand over her notes about a society murder.

U2 rocks Grammy nominations

Veteran rockers U2 grabbed a leading eight Grammy nominations Friday, including record, album and song of the year. But the day's biggest surprise was neosoul newcomer India.Arie, who nabbed seven nominations.

Friday, January 4

6News Video Reports: Life insurance becomes popular after Sept. 11

Tina Terry reports on the upsurge in new life insurance policies.


AIDS activist out of hospital 3 arrested in thefts from actress Bean glad to hang up black hat

Backstreet Boy arrested in Florida

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested for refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight broke out.

Squabbles add interest to music awards show

Britney Spears, Kid Rock, Usher, Mick Jagger and Cher will all perform on next week's American Music Awards, while Sean "P. Diddy" Combs tries his hand at being a television host.

Clinton's dog Buddy killed by car in New York

Buddy, former President Clinton's ebullient chocolate retriever, was killed by a car near the Clinton home, police said Thursday.

Actor accused of assassination

Prosecutors say film star killed Iranian

An actor in the movie "Kandahar" is also an assassin who killed an Iranian dissident in suburban Washington in 1980 and then fled to Iran, a prosecutor says.

Walters, '20/20' return to Friday nights on ABC

To no one's surprise, "20/20" will return to Friday nights at 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 18. ABC upset some folks last summer when it decided to move "Once and Again" into that slot. Some considered it a slight to news veteran Barbara Walters and a sign that her "20/20" attracted an older audience than Sela Ward's critical favorite "Once and Again."

Thursday, January 3

THE MAG: Film Review - 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

An eccentric household struggles for acceptance in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

By Loey Lockerby On the surface, there is nothing realistic about "The Royal Tenenbaums." Everyone in it is some kind of misunderstood genius, riddled with bizarre personality quirks and existing in an inscrutable time period, a "present day" where people routinely use rotary phones and dress like it's 1975. Underneath the deliberate comic strangeness, however, there's a warmth and honesty that make these people more genuine than the inhabitants of most serious dramas.

IMAX version of Disney's 'Beast' a cinematic beauty

"My, what tall ceilings you have." Belle doesn't actually say those words in the new IMAX version of "Beauty and the Beast," but you might be tempted. The wide, high IMAX aspect ratio makes everything here, including the Beast's castle, seem larger than life.

A&E offers football alternatives

Fed up with football? Sick of "Survivor"? Don't care who fathered Rachel's baby?

Business complex aligns itself with arts interests

By Jan Biles A new business complex in northwest Lawrence is aligning itself with the city's reputation as an arts community, and hoping the connection will bring more residents into its buildings. On Saturday, the owners of Art Executive Office Park, Peterson Road and Kasold Drive, will have an art exhibition and sale to promote the arts-based theme of the complex and their interest in original art.


Talk show terrorists His lips are sealed Movie part paid off Hollywood history burns

Grammy buzz may have surprises

The music industry kicks off every year with a burning question: Who is most likely to battle it out for the Grammys?

Web critics: 'Mulholland Drive' 2001's best

"Mulholland Drive," David Lynch's mind-bending Hollywood mystery, tied with "Memento," Christopher Nolan's revenge tale told in reverse, as the Online Film Critics Society's best movie of 2001.

Toddler's patriotic tune touches hearts

America's war on terror has its resolute leaders and heroic warriors. Now it may have a mascot in a 2 1/2-year-old moppet whom people at this missile-testing facility call the God Bless America Girl.

THE MAG: Arts Note

Exhibit marks Langston Hughes anniversary

THE MAG: Lure of the rugged plains

A Lawrence sculptor is inspired by his roots

By Mitchell J. Near There is an old joke that says the speed limit on the nation's highways should be based upon how boring the scenery is in the area you are driving through the less spectacular vistas would allow motorists to accelerate accordingly. So, for parts of Western Kansas, that means the speed limit should be about 135 mph.

THE MAG: Wake Up Call Poll

THE MAG: Wake Up Call - American Excess

By Greg Douros Feliz año nuevo! It's the new year, and now that the seasonal shopping spree is over, the post-holiday buying binge can commence. It's also a time to reflect on all the wonderful gifts we Americans received, and ponder whether there'll be enough room in the basement to place them in perpetual storage. Now, some of us will try to deceive ourselves, saying, "No, this holiday will be different I'll actually use the Toastmaster 6506 Electric Egg Cooker that was given to me this year."

THE MAG: What Are You Reading?

THE MAG: 'Beauty' secrets

Composer Alan Menken prepares for re-release of Disney classic

By Dan Lybarger It's not surprising that the 1991 Disney version of "Beauty and the Beast" is heading back into theaters. A box office smash, it became the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination and has inspired video sequels, a TV-series and even a successful Broadway show.

THE MAG: Movie listings

THE MAG: Top movies

THE MAG: Film Review - 'In the Bedroom'

By Dan Lybarger "In the Bedroom" is a grim, upsetting film that deals with painful subject matter in a vague, almost fatalistic way. Because it's neither neatly resolved nor cheery, it offers little solace to a viewer. Still, a great cast and rookie feature director Todd Field's sure and intelligent handling keeps the story riveting in an offhand sort of way. There have been other films dealing with vengeance and grief, but Field's unpredictable approach makes "In the Bedroom" seem richer and more vibrant.


THE MAG: Out of Bounds - Worthy winners and sore losers

The past year's sporting events earn their fair share of Joneseys and Wojos

By Seth Jones Because two people asked for it, I present the 2001 Jonesey Awards. The awards are named after me because they're mine. Mr. Oscar and Ms. Emmy would be so proud. Awards of shame are called the Wojos, named after former Duke point guard Steve Wojciechowski just because I don't like that guy.

THE MAG: Cover story - The Art of war

A Lawrence artist captures photos in the world's hot spots

By Mitchell J. Near When the World Trade Center towers were attacked in September, Lawrence photographer Gary Smith was in Amsterdam at an arts festival, doing what he does best: taking pictures of the local street scene. When he heard the first reports of the plane crashes, he ducked into a coffee shop surrounded by fellow Americans and a hodge-podge of nationals from all over the world. Smith knew instantly that he would soon be on his way to Afghanistan.


THE MAG: Scar tissue

Lawrence body artists give piercing insights into the brave new world of pain

By Meghan Bainum Jaqie Braden is sick and tired of piercing noses. And at least for a while there's been almost nothing else for the Skin Illustrations employee to do.

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Dancing about architecture

By Geoff Harkness Elvis Costello once said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture one form of expression straining vainly to interpret another. Whether Costello was right or wrong depends on perspective some say that the golden era of music writing died with the passing of outspoken wordsmith Lester Bangs, while others claim it headed south the day his first word was published.

Wednesday, January 2

Showtime's 'Queer as Folk' has crossover appeal

As the popular soap starts second season,

As might have been expected, "Queer as Folk" got mail, and lots of it, in a first season that included sex between young gay men, and lots of it. Unexpectedly, perhaps, it was mostly fan mail about 100,000 messages from supporters versus a scant 100 from detractors, according to Showtime's count.


Actor makes 'bad guys' human Biographer stands by 'Dutch' Language no barrier for actress

Award-winning actress Eileen Heckart dies at 82

Eileen Heckart, the lanky, gravel-voiced actress whose skill with comedy and drama won her an Oscar for "Butterflies Are Free," three Emmys and a special Tony for career excellence, has died. She was 82.

Tuesday, January 1

Americans ring in 2002

A crystal ball honoring victims of the World Trade Center attack dropped in Times Square at midnight Monday, signaling the arrival of 2002 and giving patriotic revelers a chance to bid farewell to a year of horrors and heroes.

Church group, pastor burn Harry Potter books

As hundreds protested nearby, a church group burned Harry Potter and other books. Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church founder and pastor, said the books burned Sunday were "a masterpiece of satanic deception.

Rapper charged in bank robbery

Andre R. Locke, a rapper who went by the name Lil Buddy and had a nationally televised music video, has been charged with bank robbery. Locke appeared in federal court Monday on charges that he entered Vermillion State Bank in Rosemount on Friday, wearing a ski mask, carrying a handgun and demanding money from the tellers.


Elvis fan to take office Manson charges reduced Hip-hop helps O.J. 'Dynasty' queen hires bagpiper

2001 had plenty of television stinkers

How bad was the worst of TV in 2001? So bad that some awful TV shows, from Jason Alexander's "Bob Patterson" on ABC and Daniel Stern's "Danny" on CBS to "Fear Factor" on NBC and "Men, Women and Dogs" on WB, don't even make the cut.

Daly fills Hope's shoes for MTV generation

Millions of fans already think of Carson Daly as the Dick Clark of the Boy Band generation. Now he's trying on Bob Hope's shoes as well. Earlier this month, Daly took an entourage of entertainers, including Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock and Ja Rule, to perform at a military base in Germany. Their efforts appear on "For the Troops: An MTV/USO Special" (1 p.m., MTV). In addition to concert footage, we see performers interacting with the troops and MTV News' Gideon Yago interviewing servicemen and women about how their lives have changed since September 11.

Rosie campaigns for Reno

Talk-show host has fund-raiser for former attorney general's Florida gubernatorial campaign

Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell sponsored a $250-per-person fund-raiser Sunday for Janet Reno, the former U.S. attorney general and a Democratic candidate for governor.