Stories for October 2002

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Thursday, October 31

Founding member of Run-DMC killed

Jam Master Jay shot in the head at his recording studio; police have no suspects

Jam Master Jay, a legendary figure from the early days of rap music, was shot in the head and killed Wednesday night inside his recording studio in Queens, police said.

Fox revokes charter of ill-received 'club'

David E. Kelley show canceled after just two episodes

Fox's "girls club" won't be accepting any new members.

Dracula comes out on 'Frontline'

You know it's Halloween when even the probing and intelligent news magazine "Frontline/World" (9 p.m., PBS) runs a story on Dracula. Essayist Andrei Codrescu returns to his native Romania, where entrepreneurs are trying to turn the legendary vampire into the next Mickey Mouse.

6News video: Costumes flying off the shelves

Among the most popular costumes are angels, devils and Elvis.

Witch legends have dark history

What would Halloween be without witches?

6News video: Stull church's demolition ends legend

Thrill-seekers used to visit the church hoping to find occult experiences on Halloween.

People

Insider's view of Dubya Bad nerves, round 2 Newhart's comedy honored Hunger strike ends

Liza faces harsh reality: no television show

Husband's fussy habits reportedly too much for VH1 to bear

Liza Minnelli won't become another Ozzy Osbourne.

'American Idol' judge leaves

Rapper Angie Martinez discovered she wasn't tough enough to be an "American Idol" judge.

Wednesday, October 30

Kitchen & Garden: Persimmons fruitful in fall

While October frosts signal the official end of the gardening season, they also usher in persimmon season, an event that generally goes unnoticed by all but a few hearty foragers and backyard persimmon enthusiasts.

Movie about New York mayor 'Rudy!' filmed in Canada

Filmmakers are going to Canada to make a movie about former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, angering industry officials who say the film belongs in Giuliani's hometown.

MTV sets Nov. 26 start for 'The Osbournes'

Mark your %&! calendars the Ozzy Osbourne clan will be back Nov. 26 with the second season of their hit reality show, MTV announced Tuesday.

Modern life evoked in ancient play

It's nearly impossible to watch University Theatre's production of Euripides' "Iphigenia at Aulis" and not be reminded of recent and ongoing world events.

'West Wing' writing not up to par

President Bartlet faces the biggest showdown of his re-election campaign on tonight's "West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC). The brainy chief executive faces off in a single debate with his glib Republican opponent Robert Ritchie (James Brolin).

People

It's a boy for Parker, Broderick Mandela accepts Soviet award Lawsuit claims dog attack All is Sonny in Palm Springs

Tuesday, October 29

Robert Blake's attorney resigns, cites TV interview

Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was shot to death last year, announced his resignation Monday, saying he objected to the actor's decision to grant a jailhouse interview to ABC.

'Early Show' unveils new lineup

CBS debuted its new team of four anchors and, briefly, a fifth on "The Early Show" Monday in its latest effort to compete with more dominant morning rivals.

Ryder trial under way

Winona Ryder went on trial Monday on charges of shoplifting more than $5,500 in designer hats and other merchandise, with her lawyer depicting the actress as a victim of overzealous security guards.

Aguilera 'Stripped' of teen image

Singer sheds pop stylings and clothes on CD released this week

Christina Aguilera considers her new disc, "Stripped," a chance for people to finally get to know who she really is to "see the bare me." Fans are getting an eyeful.

'The Will' finds a way to air family feuds

If there's a will there's a reality TV show. The genre, which has led to shows getting people to battle over food and eligible bachelors, may now pit family members in a fight over an inheritance.

Fox presents another '24' hours

Let the countdown begin. Last year's most exciting and innovative drama, "24" (8 p.m.), is back. And from the looks of the first two episodes, it's just as good as ever. The action picks up a year after last season's conclusion.

People

McCartney cancels Aussie stop Woody his own worst critic Beauty queen takes on world Bjork's mom hungers for justice

Nolte arraignment delayed for drug test

A judge on Monday postponed Nick Nolte's arraignment on charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. A new date was set for Dec. 5 so the defense can test a blood sample.

Monday, October 28

Madmen of 'Jackass' take crown as box-office ringleaders

"Jackass" has pulled its craziest stunt yet, debuting in first place at the box office. Young men flocked to "Jackass: The Movie," the big-screen version of the MTV show whose stars specialized in bizarre and risky behavior, which debuted with $22.7 million.

People

Pulling a name out of a box Talent scouting Poetic injustice Fact stranger than fiction

CBS launches new 'Early Show' today

Just days from launch, the new anchors of CBS' "The Early Show" were trying to make nice. Nearly two weeks after the new four-person anchor team on CBS' breakfast program met for the first time, they found themselves Thursday practicing the on-camera camaraderie that morning-show viewers have come to expect.

VH1 mixes music with design

When in doubt, imitate. The new series "Rock the House" (9 p.m., VH1) borrows liberally from two cable-TV decorating favorites, "Cribs" and "Trading Spaces." Every week on "Rock the House," an unsuspecting music fan will get to meet his or her favorite rock stars.

Do-it-yourself exhibit traces history of home improvements

Rosie the Riveter held her own in factories during World War II, only to find that wielding hammer and nails at home was still viewed as "clean, thumping exercise" mainly for men.

Sunday, October 27

Court tells imprisoned vampire to forget about special requests

An imprisoned vampire isn't going to have a happy Halloween. The Utah State Court of Appeals on Thursday dismissed Robert Paul Rice's claims that the Utah State Prison is violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a "vampire" diet.

Real-life dramas whack 'Sopranos' cast

Divorce, custody fights, controversy, crime touch stars of popular HBO mob drama

Are "The Sopranos" cursed? The actors who play the goombah gangsters seem to have been hit lately with malocchio, Italian for "evil eye."

Hooked on Phoenix

Awards recognize key contributors to arts community

It takes a remarkable person to stand out in the Lawrence arts community, so rich with creative individuals. But each year, the Lawrence Arts Commission chooses a handful of people whose achievements and contributions in the arts surpass the rest of the flock.

People

Singer tells adoring fans to bag the bagged panties Songwriting added to resume Star of 'Harry Potter' movies contemplates three and out 'The Candidate' mulls re-election

Choreographer turns to rock 'n' roll for latest musical

Twyla Tharp has always had an iconoclast's relationship with music. She has paired ballet with the Beach Boys and modern dance with Thelonious Monk, and has even staged her dances to silence.

'Billy Joel guy' strives to make name for himself

His singing voice sounds eerily like Billy Joel's a weary tenor, ragged in the higher registers. His piano playing is almost as splashy as the Piano Man's.

Arts notes

Lawrence photographer to showcase works Variety show to hold auditions Jazz museum to hold storytelling session

Arts notes

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer swings to profit Alabama Hall of Fame to induct Harris NBC to cancel family drama

What are you reading?

Bookstore

Stewart weaves inspiring, sad story of love, devotion

No one plans to die in a terrorist attack. But anyone who reads "Heart of a Soldier" will find the death of Rick Rescorla at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 somehow fitting.

'Snoopy's Guide' delightful

Charles M. Schulz may be gone, but Snoopy is alive and well and still striving to write the great American novel. But this time, the beloved beagle of the late cartoonist's "Peanuts" comic strip has help. A lot of help.

New book gives insight to Columbine tragedy

Author argues killers victims of bullying

No one who survived the Columbine High School attack had a closer look at events leading up to the tragedy than Brooks Brown.

Arts notes

'Cats and Bats III' play continues at arts center Creative writing deadline set for Nov. 15 Poet, translator to speak at KU English classes Program to show growth of Lawrence

Sunday news shows set lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Saturday, October 26

People

Combs, Gates unite against AIDS Film world honors late Beatle Controversial announcer retires Nimoy finds venue for photos

Diana's sister testifies in butler theft trial

Princess Diana's butler had no legitimate reason to have personal photographs that she owned and that police found at his home, the princess' sister said Friday.

Richard Harris dies at 72

Irish actor met new generation of fans as Dumbledore in Harry Potter films

Irish actor Richard Harris, the roistering star of screen gems such as "A Man Called Horse" and "This Sporting Life" and, later, the wise old Professor Dumbledore in two Harry Potter movies, died Friday night at a London hospital. He was 72.

Local bands, fall festivities fill weekend

Anything But Joey, an area pop rock band, is staging a CD release party tonight at The Granada. The band also will debut its video with the 2003 Women of Kansas University before the show. Here are some of the area's other offerings:

Fire guts Franklin's house

A fire gutted Aretha Franklin's house in Bloomfield Township, Mich., early Friday. The Bloomfield Township Fire Department responded to a call from Franklin's home security company about 7 a.m. Flames were shooting from the roof of the white, flat-roof house, said Bloomfield Township Fire Chief Leo Chartier.

Friday, October 25

Newton gives life to Hepburn remake

The 1995 remake of Audrey Hepburn's "Sabrina" was horrifying. The remake of her "Charade," retitled "The Truth About Charlie," isn't bad.

Horror movie 'Ghost Ship' sets a course for mediocrity

Establishing a spooky setting is half the battle when crafting a scary movie. So in that respect, "Ghost Ship" offers smooth sailing for horror fans. The vessel of the title refers to the Antonia Graza, an Italian ocean liner that has been adrift in the Bering Sea for 40 years. An American team from a salvage tugboat stumbles across the behemoth, and boards it in hopes of claiming whatever spoils can be discovered. They find the opulence of the ship's former existence in decay, and it has turned into a rusted, hazardous hulk, haunted by the events that claimed the lives of its passengers and crew.

Arts notes

Anything But Joey releases CD Folk artist to perform Mexico orchestra to perform at Lied

Local pop-rockers Anything But Joey break into commercial radio with debut CD

Unsigned local bands NEVER make it into the exclusive playlists of commercial radio. It just doesn't happen. Unless you're Anything But Joey.

People

Banderas film avoids strike 'White Christmas,' 'A Christmas Story' tops on this Santa's list Freedom Awards honor pair Bradbury wins literary honor

E! goes for seconds with another season of 'Anna Nicole'

E! can't get enough of Anna Nicole Smith.

Broadway lyricist Green dies

Adolph Green, the man who went "Singin' in the Rain" and observed that "New York, New York" is a "helluva town," died Wednesday night in his Manhattan apartment. He was 87.

Approach records 'music for people'

Approach's show tonight should be anything but just another CD release party. Not only is "UltraProteus" one of precious few hip-hop albums coming out of Lawrence, Approach will be one of even fewer emcees to take out a full band for his release performance.

Undiscovered country

BR549 returns with new lineup and improved attitude

Since BR549 last played Lawrence two years ago, the band has lost its hyphen. Say goodbye to BR5-49; say howdy to BR549. "It's just an aesthetic thing," says the group's frontman Chuck Mead. "Mary Chapin Carpenter dropped her hyphen and no one said a word ... Actually, we thought it might stop people in England from calling us 'BR5-forty nine.'"

TV courts science students

Forensics studies program capitalizes on shows' success

The muddy area around the crime scene had yielded several promising footprints, and the crime scene investigators had carefully applied a liquid molding mixture. But when they tried to dig out the first hardened cast, it broke in half.

D'Onofrio upstages famous sleuth

James D'Arcy stars as a young, suave and handsome new version of Sherlock Holmes in "Case of Evil" (7 p.m., USA. ) But Vincent D'Onofrio ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") steals the show as the fiendish villain Professor Moriarty, who is bent on marketing his new opium concoction to London's hungry addicts.

Thursday, October 24

Court reverses ruling in talk-show slaying

A Michigan appeals court Wednesday threw out a jury's $29.3 million verdict against the "Jenny Jones Show," saying the program had no legal duty to protect a guest who was murdered after revealing a gay crush.

People

Nolte charged with DUI Royalties lawsuit dismissed 'Osbournes' scheduling not set Tabloids apologize for behavior

Guns, ammunition found on Robert Blake's property

A man removing gym equipment found two guns in a barn behind the home of actor Robert Blake, who is charged in his wife's killing, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

CBS may delay 'CSI: Miami' sniper episode

The makers of the CBS drama "CSI: Miami" are producing a show in which crime fighters track down a sniper, but the network may postpone the episode because of the real-life shooting attacks around Washington.

Publicist makes own headlines starting jail term

Publicist-to-the-stars Lizzie Grubman began serving a 60-day jail sentence Wednesday for backing her Mercedes SUV into a crowd of people outside a Hamptons nightclub in an incident that exposed class tensions in the Long Island resort community.

Personal trainer admits he tried to extort cash from wife of Dr. Phil

A former personal trainer at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in suburban Dallas has pleaded guilty to threatening to sell a tabloid false information about drug use in an attempt to extort money from the wife of TV celebrity psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, prosecutors said Tuesday.

TNN grabs bulls by the horns

Few televised sports are quite as fast or dangerous as professional bull riding. Even the most experienced cowboy has to consider an eight-second bull ride to be a good day at the office. The Professional Bull Riding World Finals (9 p.m., TNN) will unfold live from Las Vegas, tonight through Sunday.

Wednesday, October 23

Actress tagged as 'It Girl'

Ashley Williams of NBC's 'Good Morning Miami' is TV's newest sweetheart

Nearly every TV season brings a newly designated "It Girl." Last fall, Jennifer Garner of "Alias" was clearly "It." In years before that she was Keri Russell of "Felicity." Jenna Elfman of "Dharma & Greg." Sarah Michelle Gellar of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Diary excerpts from Nirvana's Kurt Cobain published

Kurt Cobain regretted using heroin to ease the pain of a stomach ailment but he could not bring himself to stop, and talked of shooting himself, according to excerpts from the late Nirvana star's diaries.

People

Ozzy freaked out by queen Clinton honors Fulbright 'Mr. Warmth' now on ice Curtain will rise on 'New Day'

Duo zeros in on cross-cultural cuisine

Lawrence restaurant's menu features favorite foods of Asia, Pacific Rim

Three years ago, Subarna Bhattachan and Alejandro Lule opened La Parrilla, 814 Mass., a "Nuevo Latino" restaurant specializing in the foods of Latin America.

Tuesday, October 22

Blake lawyers try again for bail

Lawyers for actor Robert Blake petitioned the California Supreme Court on Monday to grant Blake bail without a further hearing.

Another '48 Hours'

CBS revamps long-running, and often overlooked, newsmagazine

When CBS decided to retool the newsmagazine "48 Hours" for its 16th season this fall, the inspiration wasn't another news show. Instead, network honchos had "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," television's hottest program, in mind.

'Ketchup Song'cuts the mustard

Now that the "Macarena" has become a distant memory, along comes "The Ketchup Song" and dance. The Spanish pop tune with gobbledygook lyrics is topping charts throughout the world, and it's accompanied by arm-waving, knee-knocking gyrations.

Looking for the has-beens, again

For former celebrities, particularly former child stars, the cruelest words in the English language must be "Where Are They Now?" (7 p.m., VH1).

People

Star has holding power Personal troubles provide lesson Terror concerns cancel concert Harry Potter fans out of luck Welcome to his nightmare, again

Rosie countersues publisher

Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell filed a $125 million lawsuit Monday, alleging the publisher of Rosie magazine breached their contract and caused the publication's demise.

Monday, October 21

Horror movie 'The Ring' rings up No. 1 debut at box office

Death-by-videotape brought box-office life to "The Ring," a horror flick that scared up $15 million to debut as the weekend's No. 1 movie.

'Good morning, Bagram!'

Robin Williams' visit one of the few laughing matters in Afghanistan

Robin Williams bounds into a bombed-out airplane hangar, his arms wide, his body cocked as if about to catapult into the crowd. It ain't Carnegie Hall, but no matter. Williams is ready to entertain.

Columbine families split on documentary

Some parents of children killed in the Columbine massacre praised a new documentary about the killings, saying it contributes to the fight for tighter gun control. Others said the film exploited tragedy.

People

Crowe rumor shot down Jailhouse rock upsets TV viewers Step in the right direction A substantial milestone

'Girls Club' follows the formula

Prolific TV writer-producer David E. Kelley ("L.A. Law," "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice" returns to familiar territory with his new legal series "Girls Club" (8 p.m., Fox).

Ghouls and Godzilla haunt television

You can sink your teeth into an entire day of "Dracula" movies on Oct. 29 on AMC. And there's "Mom's Got A Date with A Vampire" Thursday on the Disney Channel, if Dracula is your thing.

Sunday, October 20

Artwalk participants

Here are the studios and artists participating in the ArtWalk on Oct. 26-27.

Arts notes

Choral groups to perform at Corpus Christi KU design professors to showcase works 'Haunted Castle' showing in KC

New Jersey poet laureate strikes back at critics

New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka criticized Israeli and Jewish groups' involvement in U.S. politics and reiterated that he would not give up his post as official state poet amid accusations of anti-Semitism.

McCoury Band wins awards

The Del McCoury Band took home three International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, including best entertainer in bluegrass music and a first-time win for song of the year. It was the sixth entertainer award for McCoury and his band.

Lied Broadway series to feature 'South Pacific'

"South Pacific," a Rodger and Hammerstein classic, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center. The musical was an immediate hit on Broadway when it first opened in 1949, and a successful film version followed in 1958.

What are you reading?

News shows list guest lineups

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows.

Great Britons' list pared to 10

John Lennon made the cut, but Paul McCartney did not. Queen Elizabeth I is there but not Queen Elizabeth II. The British Broadcasting Corp. on Saturday released a list of the 10 greatest Britons in history, based on more than 30,000 votes by the public.

Series is heaven for longtime fan

Long Beach retiree has been rooting for Angels since team's inception

Frank Blair has followed the Anaheim Angels through three name changes, three stadiums, four children and 10 grandchildren. His only relationship that has lasted longer is a 57-year marriage to his wife, Ruth, 77.

People

Oprah takes show on road Bartender: a Yeltsin, please Background posters raise ruckus Fright night for actor

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra files for bankruptcy

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has suspended concerts for 45 days after filing a bankruptcy notice in court.

Pop-country sweetheart gets funky on newest album

'Cry' completes Hill's transformation into pop diva

The first time Faith Hill recorded a rock song, it was a lightweight version of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." That was back in 1993, and the small-town girl from Star, Miss., admitted that as a die-hard Reba McEntire fan, she'd never heard Joplin's classic rock records.

Kinnear's career takes turn

After starting in comedies, actor tackles seamy 'Auto Focus' role

Before they portray real people, actors often try connecting with their characters by peering at moldy TV footage, listening to radio broadcasts or reading biographies. For Greg Kinnear's latest role, it was watching porn.

Arts notes

T-shirt raises money for war victims Sears catalogs predicted future of fashion

Arts notes

Woman files lawsuit after MTV stunt injury Verizon pulls bill insert for 'Phone Booth' New Jersey Orchestra posts $1.1 million deficit

Henderson: A lifetime of making jazz sing

Luther Henderson speaks humbly of the experience that sparked his interest in musical theater. It happened nearly 70 years ago, when the orchestrator and pianist was a teen-ager growing up in Harlem. It was something he would never forget: He saw the original production of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."

Arnaz Jr. enjoys quiet life in Nevada

In an old movie theater, up a creaky staircase, Desi Arnaz Jr. gestures to freshly painted cotton candy walls and a tiny room stuffed with ballerina tutus. "Kooky, huh?" he says, surveying the mass of costumes.

One-acts gracefully tackle serious subjects

War has a tendency to bring out people's demons. In "Fatherland," Kansas University student playwright Adam Merker slowly reveals his characters' inner monsters as they struggle with the unpleasant realities of war. The one-act is half of a double bill being staged this weekend by English Alternative Theatre and Card Table Theatre at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Gov't Mule's soul shines

Group delivers in Liberty Hall concert

Gov't Mule might be a '60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov't Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.

Arts notes

Biographer to begin Lecture Series Halloween event set for Saturday Historical society to sponsor bus tour Vampires to be theme of Washburn discussion Women in Arts committee formed Sculptures to be added at Washburn Exhibition Lied Center director leaves for Butler

Tony Award-winner making transition to recording artist

As a child in Trinidad, Heather Headley remembers grabbing her hairbrush, sneaking into her father's church and singing the R&B songs of her favorite artists Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and CeCe Winans.

Bookstore

Hardcover fiction Nonfiction/general Mass market paperbacks Trade paperbacks

Gilbert's 'Last American Man' portrays complex person

It would be easy to portray Eustace Conway as simply a present-day Daniel Boone, a man who set out to become self-sufficient as a response to some dissatisfaction with modern society and all its conveniences. After all, his home is a 1,000-acre plot of land in the Appalachian wilderness of North Carolina and he lives off the food he grows and the animals he catches, the skins of which he uses to make his clothes.

'Storm Watchers' chronicles meterology

In mid-September, top government weather officials called in reporters for the official announcement of the winter weather forecast, a long-range affair that has become an annual ritual. Their pronouncements were both cautious and confident, reflecting today's improved ability to forecast weather.

Sparks provides passionate story

'Nights in Rodanthe' holds its own

The intense yet short-lived romance in Nicholas Sparks' novel "Nights in Rodanthe" immediately recalls a similar fictional affair in Madison County, Iowa. "Nights" is reminiscent of Robert James Waller's "The Bridges of Madison County" and contains similar elements: a romantically uninvolved middle-aged mother; a single, middle-aged man who doesn't mind cooking; and children who have something to learn about their mother not as a mother but as a woman.

Improvisation, world cultures drive Urban Tap

Urban Tap will present "Full Cycle" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. "Full Cycle" represents an mixture of cultures from around the world. The performance embodies the idea of "coming full circle" by using elements of music and dance that the troupe has collected from around the world.

Arts notes

Art Exhibition tops $26,500 in sale KU historian, painter to give gallery talk Marching band festival set for Saturday

ArtWalk provides glimpse into artists' creative spaces

Mother and son Pam and Dave Loewenstein work in two vastly different corners of the art world. Pam Loewenstein spends hours bent over her potter's wheel, forming wet clay into mugs, bowls, plates, jars, then applying colorful glazes. Her finished pieces line her studio shelves and often end up in other people's kitchens.

Saturday, October 19

Networks practicing a little gun control after sniper attacks

Trying to make sure fiction doesn't mirror reality, television executives are screening all programming to eliminate anything that resembles the Beltway sniper.

Mariah Carey gets second chance

Maybe Mariah Carey can act after all. You may recall the critical pummeling the popular diva took for her 2001 vanity vehicle "Glitter."

Music, maple leaves fill weekend

In the mood for music? Area offerings range from bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks to alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Here are some of the other activities scheduled this weekend:

People

Will he be the running man? Roseanne returns with sitcom The great communicator Spade to headline charity event

DiCaprio films won't have to compete against each other

Miramax Films has avoided having Leonardo DiCaprio compete with himself by moving the release date of "Gangs of New York" to Dec. 20.

Florida back in Hollywood spotlight

Big-time TV shows, films help state rebound from three-year slump

Look up at the silver screen next summer and there's a fair chance the high-octane car chase or slow pan over bikini-clad girls was filmed in the Sunshine State.

Gov't Mule's soul shines

Gov't Mule - Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kan. - 10/18/2002

By Michael Newman Gov't Mule might be a '60s-styled, jacked-up, blues-rock band or a hippie jam band. Or perhaps the Mule is a vehicle for Warren Haynes, the ultimate anachronism; a guitar hero. Friday night, in front of a packed Liberty Hall crowd, Gov't Mule played two sets and an encore that spanned more than three hours yet left fans, some traveling from as far as Denver or Chicago, hollering for more.

Friday, October 18

'Monk' wraps up 1st season

"Monk" (9 p.m., USA) takes flight for its season finale as the manic and phobic detective (Tony Shalhoub) reluctantly accompanies his assistant, Sharona (Bitty Schram), on a flight to New Jersey. Naturally, Monk's fear of flying and his aversion to the airliner's enclosed public space and poor ventilation make him more finicky than ever.

Neighborhood Studios lives up to its name

Until recently, the recording facility at 920 1/2 Mass. was the home of two similar businesses with very different clientele.

'Abandon' leaves audience in dark

There's a scene in "Abandon" where a group of Ivy League college students enter a party and participate in a game of speed chess in which the contestants must take shots of vodka between moves. In most other campus settings, students would be playing quarters with pitchers of Bud Light. Whatever the intellectual pretensions of this gang may be, they're still just seeking another lame excuse to get drunk.

Best bets

Haynes gets behind the 'Mule'

The latest incarnation of Gov't Mule lets questions about the future wait.

By Michael Newman If Warren Haynes and his band Gov't Mule are unfamiliar to you, chances are that some of the guests on the group's recent release, "The Deep End Vol. 2," are not.

All-ages crowd soaks up 'SpongeBob'

Nickelodeon cartoon goes from bottom of the sea to top of ratings

Nickelodeon boss Herb Scannell remembers his reaction to a rough cut of the very first "SpongeBob SquarePants" cartoon.

Wonder girl

Actress Katie Holmes graduates from TV dramas to big-screen thrillers

"I think there are a lot of stories to be told about college students, because the early twenties are such a hard time in your life," says "Abandon" star Katie Holmes. "You're on your own for the first time, and there's such a mix of emotions: You're happy, you're sad, you're excited, you're getting your heart broken ... One day you feel like you're in control of your life, and the next day it's like your whole world is ending. If anybody knows how to balance school and career it's Holmes. Since her film debut in 1997's "The Ice Storm," the 23-year-old actress has comfortably made the transitions from high school student to TV personality to movie star.

Horoscopes

Comedian to perform at Midland Theatre

Comedian Gallagher will bring his trademark Sledge-O-Matic Saturday to the Midland Theatre, 1228 Main Street. The show is at 8 p.m.

Death, pregnancy mark MTV show

Slayings and pregnancy might mark the end for some reality television shows, but for the producers of MTV's "Making of the Band II," such issues are a dramatic lure to pull in viewers.

Thursday, October 17

LeBlanc prepares for end of 'Friends'

Despite recent coy remarks made to the press by some cast members that maybe this won't be the last season of NBC's hit comedy "Friends," actor Matt LeBlanc says this is, indeed, it.

'Must See TV' shrugged off

Some of NBC's established hits off to sluggish start this season

If "The West Wing" were the real White House, glum-faced presidential operatives would be obsessing over worrisome poll numbers.

Sniper attacks delay release of thriller 'Phone Booth'

With a deadly sniper terrorizing the suburbs of the nation's capital, 20th Century Fox has decided to delay the release of a thriller about people being pinned down in a phone booth by a gunman they can't see.

People

Charge against Ryder dropped Trial of Diana's butler halted Touchy about his name Dude, you're keepin' your job

'Push' deserved shove from ABC

"Push" has fallen and it won't get up. Last week ABC gave "Push, Nevada" (8 p.m., ABC) the heave-ho. It will yank the quirky series after today's episode. The Friday night ABC time travel drama "That Was Then" earned the distinction of being the first outright cancellation of the year. Now there's only one time travel show left, "Do Over" (7:30 p.m., WB), about an unhappy 30-year-old who returns to the Reagan era to relive his teens. And that's one too many.

Wednesday, October 16

CBS makes actor reappear

Anthony LaPaglia reverses vanishing act for 'Without a Trace'

Anthony LaPaglia hit an artistic high with the 2001 film "Lantana," in which he created a striking portrait of a police detective in full-blown midlife crisis.

New Chapman CD plays sincere tunes

The impish image of Tracy Chapman on the cover of her new CD tells no secrets. It's only in meeting her face-to-face, where the flecks of gray in her dreadlocks are visible, does it hit you that it's been 14 years since Chapman's attention-grabbing debut.

The curtain goes up at Carnegie

You don't have to wear a tuxedo to enjoy "Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2002," presented live on "Great Performances" (8 p.m., PBS). Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim will lead the Chicago Symphony through an evening of works by Maurice Ravel and Manuel de Falla.

Lawrence briefs

KU names Ex.C.E.L. winners Slide show, nature walk on Sierra club agenda Kansas University sets final exams Faculty recital to include BU, ESU vocalists, musicians Workshop to teach about growing herbs

People

Ryder's trial postponed a day Actor could use a little magic Scandalous photos turned over More traffic in their home

Stronger lead-ins not enough to boost Letterman ratings

So far this season, David Letterman has gotten the prime-time help he asked for from CBS. Three of the top 15 shows in the Nielsen Media Research rankings last week were weeknight offerings aired at 9 p.m. on CBS the very time slot Letterman wanted improved when he was negotiating a new contract last spring.

AskMe.com no longer will have all the answers

Where is Bali? What is a good substitute for eggs in a cake recipe? What are some good places to take young children while visiting in Paris? AskMe.com is one place to get the answers, but it won't be for long.

Tuesday, October 15

'Phone Booth' movie may ring too close to reality

Real-life sniper attacks have prompted 20th Century Fox to consider postponing release of the thriller "Phone Booth," about a man who answers a public telephone and finds himself pinned down by a faraway shooter.

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No right to privacy Just another Sunday Record road trip Actor dies in house fire

CBS 'Early Show' looks to raise ratings

CBS finally has its starting lineup for the morning in place. The network will announce that "The Early Show" will go to a quartet of anchors: Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler, a 39-year-old newscaster from the CBS station in Dallas with no network TV experience.

VH1 presents awards with style

Fashion plate Debra Messing of "Will & Grace" is host for the 2002 "Vogue Fashion Awards" (8 p.m., VH1). Pink, David Bowie, Santana, Michelle Branch and other artists will perform live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Just what the doctor ordered

Dr. Phil's plainspoken advice rejuvenates talk show format

A 17-year-old runaway and her mother were face-to-face on national television, with talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw urging honest communication to heal their rift.

Monday, October 14

Historian Stephen Ambrose dies

WWII chronicler once was a liberal professor at Kansas State University

Stephen E. Ambrose, a once-obscure history professor catapulted to prominence by his best-selling books that made aging World War II veterans hometown heroes again, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 66.

Spears family does it again with sister's TV acting debut

Jamie Lynn Spears is looking for the show business equivalent of lightning striking twice, if not exactly in the same place.

History Channel is in ship-shape

Reality television takes to the high seas with the six-hour, three part miniseries "The Ship" (8 p.m., History), airing nightly through Wednesday. Equal parts "Survivor" and "Mutiny on the Bounty," this exciting docudrama features 40 volunteers and a crew of 15 professional sailors as they re-create the 1768 voyage of Captain James Cook.

'Best Damn Sports Show' captures loyal crowd

Michael Irvin and Tom Arnold are having a difference of opinion. They're on the Los Angeles set of the Fox Sports Network cable show, "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."

Flea circus act claims fans in Times Square

Saturday was turning out to be a hard day for Professor Adam Gertsacov. Half of his cast was on strike, the other half went missing, and he had yet to discover that the cannon which hurtles his charges through a flaming "ring of death" was destined to malfunction.

'Red Dragon' prevails over onslaught of new movies

Hannibal Lecter stood out in a crowd of new movies. "Red Dragon," the third thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Lecter, was the No. 1 movie for a second weekend, taking in $17.6 million and fending off an onslaught of debut films, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Juice pours it on for relief Hoping to make history Is Senate a hip-hop away? Flattered by comparison

Sunday, October 13

Arts notes

Journal-World names Paget arts editor Spooky house search to begin for Halloween Hike series to continue in Kansas City area Midwest Poets Series announces lineup

People

Ann Landers' estate items to go on auction block Baseball hall of famer reaches divorce settlement Actor parts with rare comics CD to benefit Indian orphanage

Arts notes

Tony-winning play 'Proof' to close in January London Philharmonic receives lottery grant

NBC to air special on Presley's legacy

Britney Spears, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow and Bono will celebrate Elvis Presley's legacy on an hour-long NBC special to air later this year.

Young star of 'White Oleander' likes playing someone else

Alison Lohman has never been in a foster home, never been around serious violence, never been involved with a man twice her age and never lived on the streets. She has led, by just about any standards, a privileged life, and she is even more thankful for this after vicariously living the life of someone who has not.

Gorshin transforms into Burns for one-man Broadway show

Veteran actor tackles 'toughest thing' he's had to do

Deep in the bowels of the Helen Hayes Theatre, down a winding metal staircase and past a cramped corridor, George Burns is coming back to life. First, a red turtleneck and wool suit are slipped on. Then a steel-gray wig is attached. A dab of makeup follows and then a pair of black, round glasses.

Comic strip character crossed borders

Years before waves of Mexican immigrants tipped the nation's demographic scale, a bean farmer-turned-tour guide took Americans south of the border each morning through the funny pages.

TV news shows list Sunday lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

First lady opens second National Book Festival

Former Lawrence poet on hand for gathering in White House East Room

First lady Laura Bush invoked "the pure joy of the bookworm" on Saturday as she opened a weekend festival devoted to books, their writers and fellow book lovers everywhere.

Savannah named most haunted city

American Institute of Parapsychology to bestow title on Georgia port town

The stately charm of Savannah's historic squares and antebellum homes becomes cloaked in gloom when viewed after dark from the back of a Cadillac hearse only recently retired from carrying caskets.

Prince Charles says older viewers ignored

Prince Charles urged television executives to stop aiming so many of their programs at teenagers and ignoring their older, more discerning viewers.

Authors offer tips on capturing memories

The most important thing about creating a letter box for a loved one is to get started, says Mark Button, who with his wife Diane wrote "The Letter Box: A Story of Enduring Love" (Beyond Words Publishing).

Family's letters result in collection for book

Carly Button is almost 6 years old and learning to read. She has a lot of material waiting for her. Her parents, Diane and Mark Button, have been writing her letters since the day she was born.

Friend's brush with death inspires student to concoct '18 seconds'

A friend of Kansas University graduate student David Huffman died last year. For 18 seconds, his heart stopped beating. He has the flatline printout to prove it. Fortunately, doctors were able to revive the 26-year-old.

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'Family Arrested' provides insight to justice system

Ann Edenfield helps families of prison inmates with a simple, understandable, every woman's guide to the criminal justice system. And she is uniquely qualified to help. Society can be cruel to the children of prison inmates. Edenfield founded the Wings Ministry in New Mexico in 1995 to help these families.

Established author gaining more attention

Mistry's 'Family Matters' finalist for prize

Some celebrated names have stood under the arched ceilings of Hart House, an ivy-covered building on the campus of the University of Toronto. John F. Kennedy, then a senator, once spoke here. Pianist Oscar Peterson headlined a black-tie concert. Atom Egoyan, now an acclaimed director, worked on a student film.

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Quilter's work on exhibit in Memphis

For Marla Jackson, it wasn't a great beginning. "I was kicked out of my sewing class in ninth grade. It was a tailoring class, and I was terrible. The teacher finally looked at me and said, 'You're out of here!'" she recalled, laughing.

Artist seeks to capture essence of Kansas landscape

There's a fleeting moment between late afternoon and dusk, when the sun-soaked hues of the land brim with intensity before the views blur to gray. Lawrence landscape painter Robert Sudlow lately has been trying to freeze that transition on canvas.

Saturday, October 12

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Actor's wife must keep distance Sgt. Pepper's designer knighted Pioneer black performer honored Dad's company sues Houston

Young television season kind to WB network

Thanks to dramas about a teenage Superman, a transplanted widower and a romantically challenged mother-and-daughter team, the WB television network is on a hot streak.

Garrett explodes in Gleason biopic

Don't go looking for laughs in the screen biography "Gleason" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS), starring Brad Garrett as the Great One.

'Frankenstein' sets Halloween mood

To get in the Halloween spirit, consider a trip to see "Frankenstein" at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center or attend HalloWeekend at Worlds of Fun. Here some of the area's other offerings:

D.C. gallery carries handbag show

Rhinestone handbags in the form of a Buddha, a sea urchin and the New York skyline are part of an unusual exhibit featuring purses as art. They're the work of Judith Leiber, who is an accidental artist.

Hanks, HBO duo among entertainment's most powerful

Relax, moguls. Ozzy Osbourne is not about to take over your jobs. Osbourne, dapper in a pinstriped suit, stares from the cover of Entertainment Weekly's annual list of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment, which he and his wife, Sharon, made for the first time.

Shock-jock firings prompt caution

Tasteless pranks may have run their course

It's become a cliched formula for radio success: Bad taste equals good ratings. No outrage seemed too outrageous if the Arbitron numbers were up until lately.

Friday, October 11

'Our state is your stage'

The Kansas Film Commission attempts to lure big-screen productions to the heartland

"Sorry, I'm out in the middle of nowhere," says Peter S. Jasso, the new Kansas film commissioner. The comment comes as an apology for his static-plagued cell phone while he drives through the eastern part of the state. But the phrase also could serve as a mantra for his job duties.

'Oleander' allows stars to blossom

An oleander is a poisonous evergreen shrub that features beautiful white to red flowers. Aside from its literal connection to the plot of "White Oleander," the plant is a metaphor for the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer a woman whose gorgeous blonde facade disguises her venomous nature.

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The Other Ones back on the road 'End Game' isn't over for Connery Sideline reporters irk Rooney Fund-raiser drops Nimoy

Fuhgeddaboutit: Parade group protests 'Sopranos' stars

In a recent episode of "The Sopranos," members of Tony Soprano's crew got into a fight with another group over a Columbus Day celebration.

Auschwitz survivor wins Nobel

Group honors author's debut novel about concentration camps

After Auschwitz, to write poetry is barbaric, a philosopher once concluded. A long line of poets and novelists have thought otherwise, and on Thursday, the Nobel Prize in literature went to Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian novelist and Auschwitz survivor.

Elvis Costello can still 'Pump It Up' on road

Wednesday night at Kansas City's opulent Midland Theatre, Elvis Costello demonstrated there's still fire in his belly.

'Sweetheart' takes on darker role

The veteran actress Jane Powell, once known for her perky characters in upbeat musicals, takes on a difficult role in a particularly grim episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC). During the 1940s and 1950s, Powell performed in such innocent musicals as "Song of the Open Road," "Holiday in Mexico" and "Nancy Goes to Rio." Her most-famous film musical was the 1954 classic "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

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Thursday, October 10

U.S signals interest in Iranian youth

American radio program will send music and a message

A U.S.-funded radio station is preparing to reach out to young Iranians with music and a message: Stay tuned to America and its values.

Costello can still 'Pump It Up'

Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Midland Theatre, Kansas City Mo. - 10/09/2002

By Michael Newman Though Elvis Costello long ago shook off the tired "angry young man" mantle, Wednesday night at Kansas City's opulent Midland Theatre, he demonstrated that there's still fire in his belly. Touring the country fronting a straight ahead rock band for the first time in a number of years, eschewing the saloon-singer balladry of recent tours, he demonstrated that he still can put his heart and soul into ripping rock and roll

People

Where David crosses Letterman Ryder seeks dismissal of charge Madonna's Bond video is out Monroe's mandolin at stake

Lennon killer denied parole

John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a second time, state officials said Wednesday on what would have been the slain Beatle's birthday.

Robert Blake denied bail

Actor Robert Blake, charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, was denied bail Wednesday and will remain behind bars where he has been since April.

'Too young' to have breast cancer

Tonight, Melissa Joan Hart sheds her comic-book image to take on a serious topic.

CBS heavy hitters patch up feud almost as it begins

David Letterman, Don Hewitt discuss '60 Minutes' skit

Oh, no! A feud between David Letterman and Don Hewitt, creator (and executive producer) of "60 Minutes"? During Monday's edition of "Late Show," Letterman confided that Hewitt had called, presumably to complain about a skit that aired last week (the one about a "new" spin-off of "60 Minutes" titled "60 Minutes: Miami," featuring among other unusual attractions a topless Andy Rooney.)

Wednesday, October 9

People

Stupid human tricks Teri Garr discloses MS Off-Broadway's hottest ticket Jagger gives back

Mooney Suzuki plays energetic show

There's a line in The Mooney Suzuki song "In a Young Man's Mind" that asserts, "In a young man's mind it's a simple world/There's a little room for music and the rest is girls."

Of bats, cats and 'Birds of Prey'

What happened to poor Batman? It looks like The Frog ate him. By The Frog, I mean, of course, the WB, the youth-centric television network that has successfully snagged teen viewers with shows like "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek."

Artist donates photos, poetry, artifacts to Kansas hometown

Writer and photographer Gordon Parks' work is finally coming to his eastern Kansas hometown. Parks is donating a collection of his work photographs and poems valued at $100,000 to the new Mercy Health Center, which opened two months ago.

The Honeymoon continues

'Raymond' co-star Brad Garrett hopes everybody loves 'Gleason'

Brad Garrett learned to love Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners" when he caught late-night reruns after working on the standup comedy circuit.

Tuesday, October 8

Fox network hounds Paula Zahn

Anchor's defection to CNN leaves lingering bad feelings

Shortly before CNN unveiled the new studio it had built in Manhattan for Paula Zahn's "American Morning" last month, a telephone rang at the desk of a reporter.

6News video: Drum circle calls to downtown

The group meets outside Supersonic Music on the 1000 block of Mass. every Monday night to create rhythms.

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Toddler swallows Ecstasy tab Trial interrupted, again Blake to get bail hearing Nothing can stop Bon Jovi album

Go behind the scenes with the 'Red Dragon'

Want to know more about "Red Dragon"? Here are some tasty tidbits we dug up:

Real-life sleuths dig up lots of dirt

Not all TV detective work takes place on "Law & Order" and "CSI." Tonight, three documentaries examine scientific expeditions to explore America's recent past, an ancient culture and a prehistoric riddle.

From Russians, with love: Putin's 50th birthday celebrated

The Russian people, accustomed to centuries living under rulers cast as omnipotent and omniscient, showered gifts and attention on their president as he turned 50 on Monday a display that some say is reminiscent of a Soviet-style cult of personality.

Monday, October 7

'Shear Madness' merrily turns 15

Long-running comedy whodunit plans anniversary production Tuesday

"Shear Madness" is the little whodunit that went and did it run on and on and on by simply asking: Who murdered Isabel Czerny?

'Red Dragon' draws audiences hungry for more Hannibal

Hannibal the Cannibal took a smaller bite of the box office this time.

People

'ER' chief resident may move on Lee film meant to inspire Beatle note fetches pretty penny Speedy spy still a procrastinator

Sunday, October 6

Jury uphelds writer's claim of co-authoring 'Spawn' characters

A federal jury has upheld writer Neil Gaiman's claim that he co-authored two characters in the "Spawn" comic books.

People

Chan gets star on Walk of Fame Suspect sought Jordan poser New Kennedy is born Gere appalled with India waste

Fleming's busy season includes 'Il Pirata"

The last time Renee Fleming was to sing in "Il Pirata" in the United States, she was so nervous she was desperately hoping she wouldn't have to go on.

Forbert pays tribute to Rodgers

The Father of Country Music was actually a rock 'n' roller ahead of his time, argues a folk-rocker who's recorded a tribute album to "Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers.

Yoga clothes take position in market

For the past two years Eliza Smith has been strutting past the steamy windows of a local yoga studio in New York City dressed in her yoga pants and matching camisoles.

Manigault defies easy description

Visitors to an exhibition of the works of early 20th-century modernist Middleton Manigault might be forgiven if they leave scratching their heads and wondering what it was all about.

San Francisco Opera projects deficit

The San Francisco Opera has projected a $7.7 million deficit for the 2002 fiscal year. The downturn in the Bay Area's economy and the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks resulted in poor ticket sales, said Elizabeth Connell Nielsen, a spokeswoman for the opera.

Designer adds flair to accessories

Handbag designer Kate Spade rarely sees a movie more than once. But she did go twice to "The Royal Tenenbaums," the 2001 cult hit about an estranged family of child prodigies.

Channing writes memoirs with luck

When Carol Channing decided to write her memoirs, she did it with the same thoroughness she employed when preparing for her classic stage roles in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Hello, Dolly!"

Software enhances pictures

As an avid digital-image maker, I try to keep up to speed on the latest digital imaging programs. That's not easy to do. Seems like a new, or updated, version of an existing imaging program is introduced every month.

Arts notes

Atchison to feature 'Haunted Homes Tour' Kurtis to open gallery in Sedan

Tomei battles expectations

Actress experiences high, lows following 'My Cousin Vinny'

Marisa Tomei has been busy since winning the Academy Award as best supporting actress for 1992's "My Cousin Vinny" busy, but not always acclaimed. "I've had a career that has had ups and downs, like most actors' careers," she says, curled up on a hotel sofa. "I guess I thought I'd be the exception. I'm not. It's up and down."

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Simon follows right track in 'The Trolley'

In his new novel, "The Trolley," French author and Nobel Prize-winner Claude Simon offers a beautiful depiction of how memory links the past to the present.

'Blessings' lovely tale of sacrifice

"Blessings," Anna Quindlen's fourth novel, starts with a familiar literary situation: A young couple abandons a newborn baby on a stranger's doorstep. But Quindlen adds unexpected twists and turns to this simple setup that bloom into a tender, honest story about what makes a person not only a parent, but a good parent.

Filmmakers attracted to historian's expertise

Peter Huchthausen had planned to write a comprehensive history of the Soviet navy during the Cold War, but Hollywood kept interrupting with requests to tap his wealth of knowledge about Soviet submarines.

Arts notes

Former Lawrence resident to display oil paintings Spooky house search to begin for Halloween Holiday Art Fair deadline approaching 'Haunted Castle' movie running through February Coin, Stamp, Card Show set for Oct. 19-20

Ragamala to perform at Lied Center

Ragamala will perform "From Temple to Theater," a selection of works from the group's repertoire, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center. The pieces represent the range of the ensemble's work from classical to innovative.

News shows' lineup planned

The following guests are among those on today's news shows:

Firefighters majority of Brawny man finalists

He's still tough and sexy, but the new Brawny man doesn't mind helping with the housework.

Class teaches mystery behind magic

As a dozen students waited for philosophy professor Lawrence Hass to start class, some did card tricks, shuffling and rearranging decks, fanning them out into circles, reclosing them with one hand.

Saturday, October 5

Jim, Tammy Faye still getting dunned by IRS for back taxes

It's been years since they left the national spotlight, but televangelism's best-known couple Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner are still being hounded for $3 million in back taxes.

People

Comedian takes responsibility Bono called 'most powerful' Antonio Banderas as himself Trekkies land in Texas

Arnold lays political groundwork

Schwarzenegger leads support for California proposition

Arnold Schwarzenegger is handshaking his way, campaign-style, through a mob of admirers at a Southern California mall. From somewhere in the back of the crowd, a man yells out, "Arnold for president!"

Plenty of fun on tap this weekend

Friday, October 4

People

Bruce Paltrow dies in Italy Wedding bells will ring for Giuliani Big names join memorial concert to honor ex-Beatle Harrison

'MoSex' newest attraction

NYC museum puts carnal collections on display

The director of the newest museum in this culture-packed city is surveying the prizes of his permanent collection leather straps, condom boxes, video porn playing on large screens.

'Biggie and Tupac' offers murder theory

His friends begged him not to do it.

'Scream Team' unoriginal, trite

Is it Halloween movie season already? The Disney Channel jumps the gun with "The Scream Team" (7 p.m.) starring Eric Idle ("Monty Python"), Kathy Najimy ("King of the Hill") and Tommy Davidson ("In Living Color").

Kansas City's downthesun starts to rise

It's a perpetual struggle trying to land a record deal when you're stuck in the middle of the country. Despite some notable success stories Lawrence's Get Up Kids, Kansas City's Puddle of Mudd it still takes a lot to make jaded coastal record execs take notice. But for Kansas City's downthesun, this Midwest identity hasn't been a nail in the band's artistic coffin. The six-piece act just released its self-titled debut Tuesday on Roadrunner Records, a label that is home to platinum sellers Nickelback and Slipknot.

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Reel to Reel

Harvest of Arts Film Festival and FilmFest Kansas City bring different cinematic visions to the region

At a time when the rest of the country is mired in that span between the big summer blockbusters and the Oscar-aspiring holiday releases, a fresh batch of interesting flicks will be connecting with Midwest audiences. Two vastly different approaches to film festivals kick off today: Lawrence's Harvest of Arts and FilmFest Kansas City. Both offer area moviegoers opportunities beyond what the strip-mall multiplexes typically provide.

MacLaine enjoys makeover as cosmetics queen

In "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay," Shirley MacLaine stars as the real-life, larger-than-life cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash, who 40 years ago brought a revivalist's zeal to direct marketing while giving her saleswomen a self-esteem makeover.

Worldwide joke hunt yields winner

Canadians least amused, online search finds

Drum roll, please an online search for the world's funniest joke has produced a winner.

Thursday, October 3

People

Adam Ant sentenced in brawl Keith Richards wins privacy Emeril will be cooking for three 'Les Miserables' to close

'Frontline' profiles 9-11's 'Man Who Knew'

Hollywood loves renegades. Movies like "Dirty Harry" and "Patton" celebrate the rogue, lone eagles who buck the system and bend the rules to collar the bad guy, win the war or save the day. "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS) enters its 20th season with the stylish documentary "The Man Who Knew," the ironic tale of an FBI maverick who tried to warn his superiors about the dangers of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, and who, in a twist of irony that might defy the most imaginative Hollywood script writer, died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Groundbreaking TV series remade

PBS' 'Forsyte Saga' held audiences in its grip in pre-VCR era

For many viewers, just the mention of "The Forsyte Saga" triggers images of a bygone age. It was an era of quaint customs and curious wardrobes, hardly understandable to us now but so much fun to look back on.

Wednesday, October 2

CBS wins first week in TV season's ratings race

It promises to be the clash of the network titans this television season: CBS vs. NBC. Round one goes to CBS. It was the most popular network during opening week of the new season, narrowly beating its top rival.

Media magnate, philanthropist Walter Annenberg dies at 94

Walter H. Annenberg, the billionaire philanthropist who made much of his fortune by introducing TV Guide to America's living rooms during television's golden age, died Tuesday at 94.

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Candidate gets shoe of support Rock wins stunt rights Pamela, Tommy Lee close to deal Rosie sued by publisher

Grammy singing hail to new chief

Monday, Neil Portnow was named president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the body that runs the Grammy Awards.

PBS goes on the road with Willie

"American Masters" (8 p.m., PBS) opens its 17th season with "Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving," an affectionate look at the singer, songwriter and actor whose appeal crosses musical and generational boundaries.

Smokin' barbecue

Vermont St. BBQ owners have 'flare' for flavor

Tuesday, October 1

Baby boomers fight Hollywood ageism

Many Americans appear to be fed up with Hollywood's obsession with youth and grosses. This summer, audiences seemed to tire of blockbusters, with such highly hyped movies as "XXX" and "Men in Black II" opening big and dropping significantly in subsequent weeks.

Love's lawsuit settlement clears way for Nirvana release

Grunge singer-turned-actress Courtney Love and Vivendi Universal Music Group, the world's largest record conglomerate, announced settlement Monday of their lawsuits against each other with a deal that allows the music firm to release songs by her late husband's band, Nirvana.

Dylan tour movies for sale

1960s footage released after decades in drummer's garage

Home movies aren't supposed to be this cool: footage of Bob Dylan goofing around at Hamlet's castle. The Beatles taking the stage in 1964.

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West meets East Actor's health overhauled Motherhood Moss' new style Raymond wants to go out on top

'Less Than Perfect' an apt title

Why do the networks make a critic's life so easy? Calling a sitcom "Less Than Perfect" (8:30 p.m., ABC) all but invites cheap jabs about its shortcomings. And "Less Than Perfect" has its share.